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Programs for C/C++

by TangNgoc01 / July 10, 2016 8:41 AM PDT

I have a few questions about the programs (IDEs) for C++. I will be using it mostly for school, and I'm using Windows 10 Pro.
1) Which one will you recommend for me? I saw MS VIsual Studio, Eclipse, Netbeans,...
2) For Netbeans, if I use the C++ version, do I have to install the compiler like Cygwin? How easy is it? I saw the instruction on the website, but it seems to be complicated for me.
3) For MS Visual Studio:
a) Do I have to install the compiler?
b) What is the difference between Community and Pro version? Will I have a fully feature (including debugging tool) by using the Community version? How about the Code version?

Thank you very much.

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As I write apps. My answers.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 10, 2016 9:12 AM PDT
In reply to: Programs for C/C++

1. You use the one that the class calls for. It varies with the class. Some I have GCC, others use others. As you are learning you want to use them all. (Think Pokeman, try them all.)
2. I'm gong with yes.
3a. Yep.
3b That's on the web and rather than duplicate the web for student work, the Community version should suffice.

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PS. For some assignments how about ZERO INSTALLS?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 10, 2016 9:15 AM PDT

Has the teacher noted zero installs.

What if I told you you can write C/C++ and more without installing?

Nod to IDEONE.COM and "Fiddles."

Post was last edited on July 10, 2016 9:18 AM PDT

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Thank you for your reply.
by TangNgoc01 / July 10, 2016 9:43 AM PDT

Although school hasn't started yet, my Professor said we will be using Netbeans. I used C++ before with MS Visual Studio and really enjoyed it. Back then, the program was provided by my university, and there was only a version we could use (if I remember correctly, we didn't have to install the compiler like Cygwin at that time). Now I'm not sure if anything has been changed since I haven't been in the field for 6-7 years.

My friend said that I just use MS Visual Studio because it's an all-in-one program and easy to work with OpenGL for our research later, but he was unsure about its versions. The class I'm going to take is just a low-level undergraduate class (to refresh my memory), but I'm not sure if the Professor will be using special functions.

I know we can use simple programs like Notepad to write codes, but the IDE makes us easy to debug, which is what I need.

To sum it up, in order to use Netbeans or MS Visual Studio, I have to install the compiler like Cygwin first, and then install the program. Is that right?

Thank you for your time to answer my question.

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I use about a dozen or more systems.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 10, 2016 9:56 AM PDT

And what I learned is that I must keep a cheat sheet on installs. Since the exact steps vary with versions unless I install the version you are going with I won't be specific.

I can't see why it's a big deal as to have to or not installing Cygwin. Go with what the system asks.

For new work in say MS VS, there is only one version IMO. The latest.

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