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Old 08-01-05, 09:39 PM Thread Starter   #1
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C/C++ Compiler/Linker


I am looking for a Windows based C compiler/linker (not sure on the terminology) to use while I am taking an online course in C programming. Something user-friendly (if that exists) would probably be good, as I don't have any experience and will be learning with it. If anyone has any suggestions I would like to hear them. Freeware alternatives are also appreciated.
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My classes required the use of visual studio, but i understand borland is ok too.

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Old 08-01-05, 10:25 PM Thread Starter   #3
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Ok, those are the two which my class mentioned as examples, so I assume they will both be pretty good choices. Any other options out there? Anything free for a poor student?
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Old 08-02-05, 01:02 AM   #4
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You might want to ask the professor. A lot of universities have a msdn account which will you allowed to download and use the visual studio stuff.

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You can also try DevC++ it's freeware.
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http://www.mingw.org -- Paul

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@macklin01: never suggest pure mingw to new users. plain and simple gcc will overwhelm them. Give them a nice, easy to use IDE like Dev-C++: successes will happen MUCH faster and their motivation won't go down.
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That's a good point. (Although I found it to be the opposite. When I was just learning, I found the unnecessary clutter and overhead for VC++ projects confusing when compared to a simple hello.cpp with an easy compile command: g++ -o hello hello.cpp. I think VC++ may be less confusing for large projects, but for simple projects, it seems to have more clutter that may be confusing when only the C++ basics are necessary. At that early point in the game, it may be easy to confuse C++ learning with MS VC++ IDE learning. i.e., what's actually part of learning the language, and what's part of learning to use this complex program?) Thanks -- Paul

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I'll take a look at mingw and compare the two. Thanks for your help!
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Old 08-11-05, 05:11 AM   #11
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Get Dev-C++ from www.bloodshed.net. It's a full IDE and a mingw compiler in the same package.
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