Best free IDE for C++?

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    Best free IDE for C++?

    I was wondering what would the best free IDE for C++ programming would be? I'm thinking Dev C++, but can I still do directX programming on it? any downfalls to this program? Any other recommendations? Thanks!

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    any downfalls to this program?
    Yeah, it's tough to get it to work the way you want. My recent attempts were frustrating, and I abandoned it.

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    Emacs with a makefile
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    I'm fond of xcode, nice coding GUI, comes free on mac osX along with gcc, gdb, gmake, ddd, etc. Though I think you'd have little trouble with the directX libraries ;-}

    Only using Dev C++ for a few days now, for a Windows project. Not as powerful as M'soft Vcc (think they call it .NET developer or something like now), but Dev C++ is way less annoying. Not sure why 7stud abandoned it, seems pretty capable and sturdy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashakil Fol
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    Crimson Editor and a makefile for me. I must admit I've never gotten use to an IDE. But if I had a choice, the Visual Studio IDE is my favorite.

    You could try Visual C++ 2005 .NET.

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    Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition.

    Download it while it lasts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashakil Fol
    Emacs with a makefile
    sacrilege!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 124
    I was wondering what would the best free IDE for C++ programming would be? I'm thinking Dev C++, but can I still do directX programming on it? any downfalls to this program? Any other recommendations? Thanks!
    The Ultimate IDE:

    LINUX
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Henager
    If the average user can put a CD in and boot the system and follow the prompts, he can install and use Linux. If he can't do that simple task, he doesn't need to be around technology.

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    i use quincy 2005 cos its simple and it gets the job done. I like freesing f9 to compile. It's better than command lining.

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    The Ultimate IDE:

    LINUX
    Really great for DirectX programming...
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    Code::Blocks with Microsofts 2005 compiler

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    So can these compilers compile and create executables from multiple source code files (all from the same project.)? I think I'll try some free microsoft Visual C++ compiler. Sorry, but I'm kind of new to this programming thing.

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    I downloaded Microsoft Visual C++ Toolkit 2003. From the looks of it, it's a command prompt compiler. Any good tutorials for this? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 124
    I downloaded Microsoft Visual C++ Toolkit 2003. From the looks of it, it's a command prompt compiler. Any good tutorials for this? Thanks!
    why not just get the free Visual C++ 2005 IDE?

    The compiler is one of the best out there and I've yet to see anything come close to the debugger.
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    Free Compiler: Visual C++ 2005 Express
    If you program in C++, you need Boost. You should also know how to use the Standard Library (STL). Want to make games? After reading this, I don't like WxWidgets anymore. Want to add some scripting to your App?

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    Check out Eclipse. It is cross-platform, OSS and has plugins for loads of different languages. It seems pretty good.

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