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I was about to download Dev-C++ 5 beta with MinGW 3.2, but I heard that MinGW 3.2 has some problems and that I should download an earlier version. So...do you think I should try Dev-C++ 5 beta without MinGW, and then get an earlier version of MinGW off the official site? What version would you recommend? Are there any better compiler/IDE combos available for free?

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It might be just me, but I think he said FREE.. Visual Studio is far from free, and obtaining it illegally is very wrong. DevC++ is a good package, download their last stable version and you should be ok. I personally opted for investing in a standard copy of Visual C++ 6 a while back and I thought the small investment well worth it.

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Debugging on Dev-C++ is a whore.

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What problems have you heard about MinGW 3.2? GCC 3 has very strict C++ standards, which is what tends to break most programs, even those which 2.95 would compile.

I've been using Dev C++ for a while now. It's excellent, considering it's free. The fact that you can easily download and install packages containing SDL, Allegro, the DirectX SDK, wxWindows is really great. But yes, debugging is a chore.

If you're looking for a really great IDE to use with MinGW, then Eclipse is one of the best I've used. If you've done any Java programming you'll know how easy it makes things. You'll need to download the CDT (C Developers Toolkit) module, and you have to download and install MingW separately (it doesn't run out of the box like it does with Dev C++).

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[edited by - teamonkey on January 7, 2004 4:09:40 AM]

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Dev C++ is a good choice if it is a decent GUI you are looking for.

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Another option for MingW is MingWStudio. It''s a relative new comer, but I find it more intuitive than DevC++. Each release adds new features, and the big one I''m waiting for is Workspace support which is right around the corner. Plus, there is a linux version as well.

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You could also try eclipse. I haven''t used it for C++ but it''s pretty good for Java. Not sure how to go about setting up the C++ end of things on it, but it can be done - I''m sure instruction are on the website...

http://www.eclipse.org/

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I am assuming that you legally bought that package, right?

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Another option for MingW is MingWStudio. It''s a relative new comer, but I find it more intuitive than DevC++. Each release adds new features, and the big one I''m waiting for is Workspace support which is right around the corner. Plus, there is a linux version as well.

Hmm, MingWStudio is my IDE of choice, and I own a version of VC++ (an older one but.. still). Now I am not an extremly advanced user but...

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Another option for MingW is MingWStudio. It''s a relative new comer, but I find it more intuitive than DevC++. Each release adds new features, and the big one I''m waiting for is Workspace support which is right around the corner. Plus, there is a linux version as well.

It''s pretty cool but I wish it had code completion for user defined functions/classes. That is my favorite feature of VS.NET and Dev-C++ (although it''s still buggy in Dev-C++). Hopefully it will soon.

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I am assuming that you legally bought that package, right?

Yeah I bought it

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