You can use practically any text editor to build WordPress themes, and you can run SASS directly from the command line, but Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) like Netbeans come with a lot of advanced functionality, such as sophisticated code-hinting, that will quickly become evident as you start to use them.
Installing The Software
These installation instructions here are for your own computer. SASS and Netbeans are already installed in the lab(s) we’re using.
If you’re using a Mac, installing SASS is easy.
Just open up Terminal from /Applications/Utilities folder. Then type in the following:
sudo gem sass install
You will likely be asked for your admin password. Enter it and press return. Once the command prompt appears, type the following to see if the install was successful:
If you’re on Windows, follow the instructions found on this page.
To install Netbeans, you must first install the Java Software Development Kit.
To do that, go to this URL and then click the JDK Download button. On the next page, choose the package to download for your Operating System. For example, at the time of this writing, the latest JDK is version 8u92.
Once you’re installed the JAVA SDK, go to https://netbeans.org/ and click the Download button. On the next page is a table. Click on the Download button at the bottom of the ALL column.