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    Course curiosity....

    Given some of the stuff I'm seeing here I've a couple of questions...

    For those who are taking courses in C programming...

    1) What compilers are your teachers recommending?

    2) What operating systems are they using in training?

    3) Which text books are you working from?

    4) What are the copyright dates on your text books?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
    Given some of the stuff I'm seeing here I've a couple of questions...

    For those who are taking courses in C programming...

    1) What compilers are your teachers recommending?

    2) What operating systems are they using in training?

    3) Which text books are you working from?

    4) What are the copyright dates on your text books?
    I'm taking an intro to C class @ a university in Florida.

    1) Our professor recommend DevCpp (MingW). He recommended GCC on Linux and Xcode on Mac. He mentioned that they were probably going to recommend Code::Blocks and use it in-class next semester.

    2) The lectures are done using DevCpp on Windows 7. The professor uses Mac personally, if I'm not mistaken. The specifications for the programs say they must compile and run under DevCpp. Nothing is really forced, and we don't have a lab class to accompany it or anything, as it's an introductory course.

    3) A textbook written by one of our professors for our university. It's not required for the course, but it is highly recommended. It's cheap, and only covers the content we go over. It is definitely not a comprehensive guide to C, but it is pretty well-written and easy to understand from what I've seen.

    4) Reasonably new, but I don't own a copy, so I'm not sure.
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    1) My teacher said he prefers DEV-C++... It's very good, easy to use and free. I actually prefer VC++ (Visual C++), once I use Windows as my primary OS.

    2) They use Windows (for now), but we are also going to use Linux in the future...

    3) The books they provided for us were written by themselves. As I'm learning C++ by myself, I use online resources and PDF books.

    4) Around 1 - 3 years ago.


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    When I took a course in C++ (admittedly, not C, but still relevent):

    1) I remember being linked to Microsoft's compiler in the syllabus but we were allowed to use other compilers.

    2) I don't remember being taught anything specific about operating systems in the C++ course, but the department teaches on Windows.

    3) Neil Dale, Chip Weems, and Mark Headington. Programming and Problem Solving with C++. Jones and Barklett Publishers, April 2004.

    The course moved on to the fifth edition when I left, so I wasn't able to sell back my book.

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    1. Borland Compiler. For C++/Allegro MSVC 2008/2010
    2. Hateful Windows XP. I like my buggy Windows 7
    3. Programming in C, by Paul Kelly. Written by a lecturer in my college..but surprisingly. I used some books from the library..Deitel
    4. No idea
    You ended that sentence with a preposition...Bastard!

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    1. MS Visual studio/Pelles C
    2. Windows XP
    3. Problem Solving and Program Design in C sixth edition Hanley/Koffman.
    4. 2010

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    Heh, all the instructors still recommending Dev obviously didn't get the memo about Dev CPP being discontinued a long time ago. If you look at the changes made in the last few versions you will find the phrase : "Fixed a lot of bugs" several times. It appears that the bugs have won.
    1. Get rid of gets(). Never ever ever use it again. Replace it with fgets() and use that instead.
    2. Get rid of void main and replace it with int main(void) and return 0 at the end of the function.
    3. Get rid of conio.h and other antiquated DOS crap headers.
    4. Don't cast the return value of malloc, even if you always always always make sure that stdlib.h is included.

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    professor recommend DevCpp (MingW).
    1) My teacher said he prefers DEV-C++... It's very good, easy to use and free.
    @Phenax and ekosix:

    Please inform your instructors that Dev-C++ is obsolete at this late date.
    Please share with them the following information:

    "Unless you are using Dev-C++ in Win-XP, you are beating a dead horse.
    Dev-C++ 4.9.9.2 is nearly six (6) years old and without updates or bug fixes during that time.
    In 2005, the developer (Colin LaPlace) abandoned further work on the Bloodshed project.

    In 2005, Dev-C++ worked (with caveats (known bugs and issues)) on XP and prior.
    Dev-C++ has known installation and linker problems with Vista and may not work on Win-7 at all, (to my knowledge).
    Considerable discussion has taken place at the Dev-C++ forum regarding the problems.
    Today, very few people use Dev-C++ for these reasons.

    A better choice for a C++ IDE/Compiler would be Code::Blocks with MinGW or VC Express."

    P.S.
    The moderators and user support team at the Dev-C++ forum have all abandoned it.
    User support for Dev-C++ is no longer available.

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