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Learning C++ with DevCpp. good or bad idea?

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Hey people.
I'm brand spanking new to the wonderful world of C++.
I just want to ask the opinnions of the more experienced users if they know
of DevCpp by Bloodshed and if they think it's a good or bad idea to use this
software when learning C++.

I have been programming and scripting with other languages (high level) for
some time, but I'm very new too C++.

I have downloaded the free Borland compiler and I have bought UltraEdit as
my new permanent editor. Should I learn to use Borland compiler or is the
DevCpp IDE an good start for e beginner?
Robert
Bergen, Norway
Jul 22 '05 #1
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"GeoTrail" <ge******@tiscali.no> wrote in message
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I have downloaded the free Borland compiler and I have bought UltraEdit as my new permanent editor. Should I learn to use Borland compiler or is the DevCpp IDE an good start for e beginner?


Dev C++ uses gcc (MinGW), which is an excellent compiler, if you have
a relatively recent version.

I would not use Borland unless you have to. The 5.x Borland compiler
has some very serious problems with ISO compliance. The next major
version will be a total rewrite. It is available in preview but is not
yet ready for prime time.

Excellent compilers for windows include (the most recent versions of)

Metrowerks Codewarrior
Microsoft Visual C++
Intel C++
Comeau
GCC (Cygwin or MinGW)

Comeau currently is available for $44. Using Dev C++ is a fine choice,
though.

Jonathan

Jul 22 '05 #2

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Great, thanks for your thoughts and for the compiler list.

I have the very latest version of DevCpp as I frequently use the update
feature in the program.

There is one thing I lack, and an experienced VC++ user told me that there
should be detailed information and manual about each header, but I can't
find any in the DevCpp directory.

Might be on the bloodshed website, but haven't looked yet.

Only reason I downloaded the Borland compiler is that I have heard so many
people using it and it is mentioned on alot of websites as well.

I have ordered two books on C++ that I am awaiting in a week or so, until
than I'll be cramming every online tutorial I can get my greedy hands on LOL

:)

Thanks again for your reply.
More thoughts about using DevC++ for beginners would be great :)
"Jonathan Turkanis" <te******@kangaroologic.com> wrote in message
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"GeoTrail" <ge******@tiscali.no> wrote in message
news:dH*********************@news000.worldonline.d k...

I have downloaded the free Borland compiler and I have bought

UltraEdit as
my new permanent editor. Should I learn to use Borland compiler or

is the
DevCpp IDE an good start for e beginner?


Dev C++ uses gcc (MinGW), which is an excellent compiler, if you have
a relatively recent version.

I would not use Borland unless you have to. The 5.x Borland compiler
has some very serious problems with ISO compliance. The next major
version will be a total rewrite. It is available in preview but is not
yet ready for prime time.

Excellent compilers for windows include (the most recent versions of)

Metrowerks Codewarrior
Microsoft Visual C++
Intel C++
Comeau
GCC (Cygwin or MinGW)

Comeau currently is available for $44. Using Dev C++ is a fine choice,
though.

Jonathan

Jul 22 '05 #3

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"GeoTrail" <ge******@tiscali.no> wrote in message news:<dH*********************@news000.worldonline. dk>...
Hey people.
I'm brand spanking new to the wonderful world of C++.
I just want to ask the opinnions of the more experienced users if they know
of DevCpp by Bloodshed and if they think it's a good or bad idea to use this
software when learning C++.
It's good for a free product. It has several bugs but I still manage
to do
developement for learning purposes. However, I would not recommend it
for professional development.
I have been programming and scripting with other languages (high level) for
some time, but I'm very new too C++.

I have downloaded the free Borland compiler and I have bought UltraEdit as
my new permanent editor. Should I learn to use Borland compiler or is the
DevCpp IDE an good start for e beginner?
DEVCpp is just a shell around GNU's gcc or whaterver compiler that you
want to specify.

--The Directive.


Robert
Bergen, Norway

Jul 22 '05 #4

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"GeoTrail" <ge******@tiscali.no> wrote in message news:<8%*********************@news000.worldonline. dk>...
Great, thanks for your thoughts and for the compiler list.

I have the very latest version of DevCpp as I frequently use the update
feature in the program.

There is one thing I lack, and an experienced VC++ user told me that there
should be detailed information and manual about each header, but I can't
find any in the DevCpp directory.
The books you ordered will help you understand most of the standard
c++ stuff (hopefully!)
Might be on the bloodshed website, but haven't looked yet.

Only reason I downloaded the Borland compiler is that I have heard so many
people using it and it is mentioned on alot of websites as well.


A lot of people do use both the commercial 'Borland Builder' and the
free commandlinetools, but if you're using Mingw you're not losing out
as far as learning standard c++ goes.
Jul 22 '05 #5

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