Currently, I have been compiling my school projects on our unix machines, ya know, connecting via x windows or putty as a terminal, and also using an FTP program to transfer files.
More importantly, I have been doing this because I don't have any Microsoft Visual Studio on my home computer, so I use the Unix's GCC to compile my programs and then just run them on those school servers. (note, I tried Visual Studio Express, but it is so confusing, I just want to compile damnit!)
Does anyone have a recommendation for a gcc compiler on windows? I see a few out there (mostly MinGW) but I want to know which people prefer.
I'd love to get gcc on my home computer (like I was able to do with java and perl) so that I can work on my projects directly on my home computer. Edit in notepad, go over to the command prompt window type "gcc homework.c" and then run "a.out" and then flip back to my homework folder and see the results in windows (without having to FTP stuff back down).
What works for you? What is easy to install? What is NOT bloated with lots of crap like Microsoft's free Visual Studio Express (or whatever it is called)?