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free ide to use with free visual c++ command line tools?

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I'm looking to experiement with directx. I know you can download these files free, but is there a free ide available that I can use in combination with these files? Or would it just be easier to use dev-cpp? Do I need microsoft's compiler to work with directx?

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I'm looking to experiement with directx. I know you can download these files free, but is there a free ide available that I can use in combination with these files?


None that I know of.

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Or would it just be easier to use dev-cpp?


Or another syntax-highlighting text editor. dev-cpp knows about g++'s options, not about VC's ones - though somebody might get around changing that. Or you might write a script to convert the options and stick it in between dev-cpp and cl. Or you could just write makefiles by hand - it's not that difficult.

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Do I need microsoft's compiler to work with directx?


I don't thinks so.

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I'd use GVIM for that kind of thing, but since you're on Windows you'd probably prefer something like Eclipse.

You don't necessarily need MSFT's compiler to work with DirectX, and you can configure Dev-C++ to use it instead if you prefer theirs.

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