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i have been using Dev C++ for all college assignments.... but when i use opengl, it gives me errors... there are some people who say that Dev C++ is a shitty IDE... so guys, which IDE is good for opengl? i heard Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 is good...

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there are some people who say that Dev C++ is a shitty IDE

Absolutely, here's my explanation of why -- in it I recommend a few possible alternatives including Visual Studio, Code::Blocks and qtCreator. My personal recommendation would be the Visual Studio Express, but take a look at them all and choose whichever is most comfortable for you.

Note that you're not choosing an editor for OpenGL, you're choosing an editor for C++.

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Switch to Visual Studio Express (if you are doing under Windows), as probbaly around 99% coders would answer. If multiplatform then probably Code::Blocks (althrough it is a bit lacking if you were already spoiled by VC)...
And yes, I join the bandwagon of "no Dev C++" (not that it is so absolutely terrible and you can't make a game with it, but there simply is no reason to use it nowadays).

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Dev C++ is rubbish.

Also, code::blocks is not as bad as advertised, especially if you compile the latest source (very easy to do). If you are under windows, VS would probably be the best: but remember that it isn't exactly "lightweight".

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Dev C++ is rubbish.

Also, code::blocks is not as bad as advertised, especially if you compile the latest source (very easy to do). If you are under windows, VS would probably be the best: but remember that it isn't exactly "lightweight".

I agree, but just wanted to point out that you don't need to compile CodeBlocks nightly builds. They are available for download. CodeBlocks has in practice changed to a monthly release schedule.

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I highly recommend VS I have been using it since VS 2005. You can get spoiled by it as Acharis stated. Although I am not sure why you would get 2008 express when 2010 express is available for download. Just make sure when you start a new C++ project that you choose empty project, start from complete scratch so you are not trying to learn what files were just added to your project that actually weren't needed to start out.

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I also suggest VC++ 2010... It is great on windows... the best I know...
But on other platforms (like Linux) I suggest to use QtCreator... It has a really good debugger... and the usability is awesome... but it feels a bit strange to use it for "normal" c++ code :)

By the way... when you make something big and multi platform. I suggest to use cmake or other build tools instead the internal project management of VC++ or qmake...
QMake is not bad but currently not really useful for non-qt development.

Regards
Ömercan

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I'd also recommend QTCreator for the Mac platform as well. Apple supports its own XCode but you may find it too different from the common kinds of IDE interfaces. QTCreator would be the most "VS-like" IDE I've come across for the Mac.

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I would vote for QtCreator, not just because of the IDE, but also because of Qt, which has OpenGL widgets available that make it a lot easier to create a window and create an OpenGL context with Core profile. While Visual Studio has a good debugger, it's C++ code editor is rather primitive compared to the alternatives, poor syntax highlighting and even under 2010 code completion is known to fail quite often. And the real-time syntax checking that is suppost to underline syntax errors in your code prior to compiling (like a spelling check) is horrible, I turned it off after 2 days because it reported so many false-positive errors. Netbeans and QtCreator are far superior to Visual Studio in this aspect, having used QtCreator for quite some time now I hardly see the syntax checking fail, and code completion works most of the time (only has some problem with templates sometimes, but I think they were fixing that) and updates really fast as well (with VS when I refactor some code I quite often get an intellisense popup that still contains the old parameters of a function).

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