Getting a C++ compiler+editor...

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    Getting a C++ compiler+editor...

    I've been messing around with a free C++ editor and compiler called dev C++. After searching a little I can't find any documentation for the libraries. So now i'm at a loss as to where I can get a good free compiler with some library documentation. If I can get a library somewhere for a GUI.

    I'm not really intrested in getting microsoft's visual studios if I can get something free that will do the job for a fairly simple GUI program.

    Thanks to anybody that can give me some pointers!

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    You can program GUI's in dev using win32 heres a good tutorial on that
    http://www.winprog.org/tutorial/
    Also you can check out wxWindows at
    http://www.wxwindows.org/
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    Got Books?

    For GUI programing, you'll probably need a book. Programing Windows, by Charles Petzold is the classic... Almost every Windows programmer owns this book. It is more of a tutorial than a reference, but it is the best Windows programming reference that I have.

    I'm not sure if "messing around" means that you're ready for GUI programming... GUI programming is not for beginners. So, take a look at the tutorial recommended by prog-bman, and then, you can decide if you're ready to go for it.

    BTW - The Visual C++ help files do include a complete WinAPI library reference. I would expect Dev-C++ to have this too. (If not, consider spending $100 for MSVC++.) But, the help files are of very little use, unless you already understand the Windows programming concepts and know what function to look-up.

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    Thanks for the tips.

    Right now I'm just intrested in finding the GUI objects that I can use for a window. Your probably right, it is going to take lots of time to understand it and that is what I'm intrested in doing. I do have a good amount of experience with Java and objects, so it won't be completely new to me. I will have to get used to writing C++ though. I will probably pick up that book on windows programming.

    I'll probably be on my way with the tips you guys have given me!
    Last edited by MadMaster; 06-01-2004 at 12:51 PM.

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    I'm not quite to the point where I'm attempting any GUI programming, but I've been using Dev C++, and poking around it I found this:

    9. Is there any GUI library or packages available for Dev-C++ ?
    You can download extra packages for Dev-C++ at http://www.bloodshed.net/dev/
    Like I said, I still cock my head like a dog hearing a funny noise when I look at some of this code, but thus far I've been pretty impressed with bloodshed.

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    oh and btw here is a link to download the win32 refernce manual
    ftp://ftp.cs.virginia.edu/pub/lcc-win32/win32hlp.exe
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