Hi all, not sure if this is the best place to post about this (mods, please move if there is a more appropriate location), but I've got a small problem when it comes to selecting an IDE for game development that I'd like to do (ultimately for the Xbox).
I've tried installing VC++ 2010 express only to find out that it crashes every time I compile a little hello world program in C++ (I can post the error message when I get back home). The stripped down crapiness of the software is a turn-off as it is, but having it fall over and die for such a simple task, makes me lose faith in this suite completely.
Now, I've been looking in NetBeans 7.3 (just installed!). Granted, it's kind of bloated (in terms of how much RAM it eats up), but it has some nice things that I like, so after weighing the pros and cons, I'm more than willing to give this IDE a serious try (all of the basic functionality seems to work).
I'm currently reading Game Coding Complete 3rd Edition. And as I'm going through this whole thing, I'm having this nagging thoughts that as good as NetBeans might be, I'll have serious issues down the road when it comes to working with DirectX and getting my software to run on an Xbox.
And before you ask, buying Visual Studio 2012 Pro is simply not possible at this moment.
These are my options:
1 - Continue with NetBeans and deal with issues that arise due to incompatibility.
2 - Try to re-install Visual C++ 2010 Express the nth time, hoping that this time it'll work.
3 - Write a puppy-eyed letter to MS begging for a developer suite that I can use to do something that I'm interested in.
Now, given my goals and given my situation, what would you recommend?