Tools for developing in C/C++

Adam

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I've found the following free tools to be quite useful for developing in C (and occasionally C++):

MinGW

http://sourceforge.net/projects/mingw/files/

MinGW consists of GCC, G++, make, and other tools useful in creating applications in C and C++. In addition, MinGW contains a Java compiler. All of these tools are free and can be downloaded from the link above.

GCC is a C compiler and G++ is a C++ compiler. Learning to use these tools in a Windows environment will also be useful should you choose to develop on Linux/Unix based machines.

Dev-C++

http://www.bloodshed.net/devcpp.html

Another free tool is Dev-C++. This is an IDE that utilizes MinGW for compiling C and C++ applications. It contains a number of functions that make development easier to manage. Syntax highlighting is a useful aspect of this application.


Gedit

http://ftp.acc.umu.se/pub/gnome/binaries/win32/gedit/2.28/gedit-setup-2.28.0-1.exe

If you're looking to write a simple one file application in any language, Gedit is great. It contains syntax highlighting for a number of languages, automatic indentation, the ability to set the indentation width, the ability to highlight your current line, bracket matching. It's Notepad on steroids.

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Although this is a trivial overview of these applications, knowing where to get them and what they do is the first step to mastering them. Documentation is plenty. Use these brief descriptions as a starting point, and ask questions in this forum if you run into issues.
 

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Doesnt Microsoft offer Visual Studio web edition for free as a download from their site?
 

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I found C++ more complicated so better used another programming language..