Looking for C++ and C compiler

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    Looking for C++ and C compiler

    Hi everyone.

    I'm looking for a C++ compiler. I don't want to get into installing and configuring something like gcc, but I don't want to put out too much cash either.

    I used to work on a 2003 version of .NET. I'm hoping to get something less complex. I want to start contributing some work to open source projects.

    I'm looking at microsoft visual studio 2008 for $700. Is there something out there less expensive, less complex?

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    CodeBlocks?
    http://www.codeblocks.org/

    MS tools are only good for MS stuff, but if any, VS 2008 Express or wait a bit for 2010?

    Else; eclipse is really neat.
    http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/moreinfo/c.php
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    I do not really understand your concern about gcc. You could use an express edition of a Microsoft compiler for free, but you're still going to have to install it and do a little configuration.
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    Thanks for the info. I will sit back and consider my options.

    I guess I'm a bit lazy. I build my own hardware (very time consuming) and figure it will take me plenty of work getting back into C++ and understanding some open source projects that I hope to participate it. So I'm thinking to go the easy route with getting the compiler. I've heard that gcc installation is a bit tricky, might take me a couple of days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darsunt View Post
    Thanks for the info. I will sit back and consider my options.

    I guess I'm a bit lazy. I build my own hardware (very time consuming) and figure it will take me plenty of work getting back into C++ and understanding some open source projects that I hope to participate it. So I'm thinking to go the easy route with getting the compiler. I've heard that gcc installation is a bit tricky, might take me a couple of days.
    Hang on. Are we talking Windows? It's been a while, but I recall installing gcc on this (Windows) machine taking approximately 2 minutes. (You don't have to compile gcc from scratch, yourself, starting with punch cards, if you don't want to.) Get the codeblocks + gcc combo and run.

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    I want to start contributing some work to open source projects.
    Chances are those projects use GNU for their build process. I've seen several move to CMake but you'll be hard-pressed to see an open source project that doesn't support the ./configure && make method of building.

    I've heard that gcc installation is a bit tricky, might take me a couple of days.
    I beg to differ. MinGW Automated Installer.
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    and on Debian-based Linux it is no harder than apt-get install build-essential...pulls down and installs GCC et al along with debuggers and some other binutils type tools.
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    Thanks for the info. I will check it out.

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    Thanks

    I installed the compiler with MinGW, with the minimum of fuss, just added to the PATH variable.

    Only place that stuck me for awhile was I forgot one had to run the executable after creating it.

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