I'm still learning C++. I do not plan to use this as a career move. Too old to change carreers. Mostly I plan to build on my programming knowledge and use C++ as an hobby to build open source cross-platform apps. My current plan involves a tiered Play by Email Strategy system, others can use to build their worlds, from sci fi to medieval fantasy worlds. Complete with player client app, server,...
Anyways, I'm currently using Dev-C++. I'm planning on using Allegro with AGUP in order to guarantee true cross platform code, others can use to port the system. However, I must say I'm starting to have doubts regarding Dev-C++.
My first problem starts with the debugger interface. It is not very powerful is it? I've downloaded and installed Insight. So I believe I got this problem sorted out. It's a much, much, better interface to gdb... i think... is it?
Next comes the fact Dev-C++ doesn't see an upgrade for well over an year now. Is the development dead? Quite strange giving that the latest version is a beta version.
I've tried also Visual C++ 2005 Express and Visual C++ 6 of which I own a Enterprise Studio license from my VB good ol' days. My fear with these is that they add proprietary libraries to the source code and I can't even seem to be able to install Allegro for VC 6.
What would you choose in case all you wanted was to program for fun and pleasure and wanted to put a real emphasis on open and portable code with the help of libraries the likes of Allegro, wxWidgets and Boost?
Thak you for your time.