Is this setup ok?

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    Is this setup ok?

    Ok, trying to get into the C++ way of doing things here...

    I have set myself up with...

    Code::Blocks / minGW as my ide/compiler

    Res Edit for visual resource editing

    the windows sdk and of course PellesC...

    I've gotten past the "Hello World" hurdle so it's working at least that well...

    Are there any pitfalls to this setup or should I be good to go?

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    Any reason you don't like using a plain text editor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by \007 View Post
    Any reason you don't like using a plain text editor?
    I just love the pretty colours in code:blocks... LOL.

    Actually I wanted the organization features of code:blocks to help me keep things a bit saner while learning. I wanted a visual resource editor because it's a whole lot easier lining up a dozen controls in a Dialog by drag and drop than by tweaking their locations in text files.

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    Looks like a solid setup. I take it you are (eventually) interested in doing GUI applications? You might want to look into Qt4, it is gaining quite alot of popularity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shakti View Post
    Looks like a solid setup. I take it you are (eventually) interested in doing GUI applications? You might want to look into Qt4, it is gaining quite alot of popularity.
    Thanks, it seems to be working well enough for now. Although I was a little surprised to see "hello world" come in at about 700k ... Must be some overhead linked in there.

    I've been working winapi in C for about 3 years now... but as a dabbler, that probably amounts to about the equivalent of 6 months for a full time programmer. For me the big leap is from C to C++...

    QT looks interesting... but I've still got my hands full with what I've got.

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    Check your build-settings. i would think quite alot of those 700k are debug-symbols.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shakti View Post
    Check your build-settings. i would think quite alot of those 700k are debug-symbols.
    Hey thanks... I'll have a look...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shakti View Post
    Looks like a solid setup. I take it you are (eventually) interested in doing GUI applications? You might want to look into Qt4, it is gaining quite alot of popularity.
    Qt is a very good professional toolkit, but its dual licensing is an issue if you want to distribute your applications. wxWidgets is my GUI toolkit of choice because it has one license - free. you are never required to distribute your source with your application, and you never have to pay anyone for the software.

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    Quote Originally Posted by \007 View Post
    Any reason you don't like using a plain text editor?
    Probably the same reason you aren't using a hex-only editor, cause there's no point making things hard on yourself.
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    Code::Blocks saves you time, much time believe me! Once you get the hand of it, it'll be just like clicking the mouse!
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    Quote Originally Posted by iMalc View Post
    Probably the same reason you aren't using a hex-only editor, cause there's no point making things hard on yourself.
    I've always used Vim for every language I program in. I don't think it makes things harder, and I think I can program faster than an IDE.

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    Hehe, Well its nice to have many things in one place. I happen to use CodeBlocks with MingW. On occassion (when I'm lazy), I'll use nano with gcc (if Linux).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sipher
    Vim?!
    ... is an IDE masquerading as a "plain" text editor, so that nullifies \007's point
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    Yeah, Vim isn't really plain nor simple, it is great and I love it, but it's much more than "plain text editor". Syntax highlighting for plenty of languages is the least significant feature Vim offers through plugins.

    As for the topic, the setup looks okay, if you don't mind Java applications you could always try to use NetBeans C/C++ or Eclipse CDT (C/C++ Developer Tools) - but Code::Blocks is nice too.

    For quick edits when I don't want to run the whole IDE, I tend to use Notepad2 or gVim, on console though (Windows or *nix alike) Vim reigns supreme.

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