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Old 01-02-2009, 04:36 PM   #1
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Default JAVA to C++...which software to choose?

Well, the title sums up this post pretty well. I've been programming w/ JAVA for a year or so now and I've decided I'd like to dabble into the "World of C++" to see what its all about. Before I do however, I'd like to know which programming package (IDE, compiler, etc.) is best for a new C++er. Some of my friends are telling me to go with Visual Studio, but is that a truely "beginner environment"? I was thinking more along the lines of going with Dev C++ or some other open source package.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-03-2009, 06:10 AM   #2
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I say go with Visual Studio.

VS is not only the industry standard IDE for C++ development; but it's also very polished and easy to use (not to mention, the Express Edition is free for personal/educational use).
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Old 01-03-2009, 03:10 PM   #3
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Yea dom is right, VS is about the best tool you'll get for beginning C++. At it's most basic level your just editing text files, but you come to appreciate the hoards of great features, it's visual debugger as one of my favorites

I don't think there is really such a thing as a "beginning environment". IDE's are built to offer advanced features for experienced users to help them work more efficiently. If you truly want what might fall under beginning, Notepad++ ? I think it has syntex highlighting for most common languages, C++ included. But don't bother. Just get VS Express and start hammering shit out!
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Visual Studio Express or Code::Blocks IMO.
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I use VS like the posts above, but I've also coded a lot in Java. If you're used to Eclipse and using that for Java it can do C++ as well.
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Personally, I use Visual Studio 2008 (which is free on a non-commercial licence for MSDNAA subscribers and NUS Extra Card holders) for C# & C++. Personally, I prefer NetBeans for programming in Java.

As beginners, some individuals may have used simplified or more visual IDEs (Integrated Development Environments) such as BlueJ. However, I personally dislike them.
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:06 PM   #7
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Personally, I use Visual Studio 2008 (which is free on a non-commercial licence for MSDNAA subscribers and NUS Extra Card holders) for C# & C++. Personally, I prefer NetBeans for programming in Java.

As beginners, some individuals may have used simplified or more visual IDEs (Integrated Development Environments) such as BlueJ. However, I personally dislike them.
I've used Eclipse from the day I started JAVA programming; however, I did try Netbeans and thought it was a very good IDE. I wish I could find a C++ IDE like Eclipse...guess I'm just used to the layout of it.
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:47 PM   #8
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You can use Eclipse to program in C++. You have to download the CDT plugin and a C++ compiler (mingw for example).
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I agree Visual Studio is the easiest to use.
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