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Old 07-29-2009
Hammer & Screwdriver Setup a Fully Featured C++ Develop Environment

Hello,
I'm learning C++ and i want to know what i have to do for setup a fully featured C++ develop environment in my Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex, like Gedit, because i hate eMacs and non-graphical editors, they are so much confusing, and some other things that will help me with my development.

Thanks,
Nathan Paulino Campos
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Old 07-29-2009
My favorite IDE is and probably always will be Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0. Since moving to Unix I've tried a few; Eclipse, Xcode, Kdevelop, and generally found them lacking because of the way they tie in with the hackish automake system. I used kdevelop happily for 2 years, then all my projects broke with the next automake upgrade. There was nothing left to do but trash all project files not ending in .[ch] and write my own makefiles.

They tie in with automake, of course, to provide the ability to build their projects without actually having the graphical IDE installed. Anything less would be shocking on a UNIX system, but looking at an autogenerated makefile is like looking at HTML generated by MS Word. Create a project with an IDE and it will be a herculean task to deal with it without the same IDE. Depending on how picky it is, it might even need to be the same version of the same IDE.

I like emacs about as much as you do. I like vi about as much as a snakebite. But typing in a black window instead of a white one really isn't that bad, if you use a text editor invented after the AT keyboard was. Smilie Try nano. With tools like the Data Display Debugger around, code autocompletion is about the only thing you don't get sans-IDE these days.

There's a lot of buzz about Eclipse these days. I remain suspicious of any VM language that occupies that many megabytes of disk real estate, but if you don't mind Java, it may be the way to go for learning the language without dealing with the console (directly).
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Old 07-29-2009
Try gvim, set to black background. You can open multiple tabs (:tabnew, :tabn, :tabp), you have variable autocompletion (with CTRL-P/CTRL-N), with ctags you can jump to function definitions, and with a Makefile and :make any build errors will be shown.

And for all those commands you don't know by heart it has a menu bar.
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Old 07-29-2009
Hello,
Thanks pludi but i hate gvim, vim, emacs because they are so much confusing.
Thanks for the very good and helpful answer Corona688 and you gave me some very good tips for C++ development under Linux, but someone that uses Microsoft Visual C++ use a compiler or some other thing is very hard, because in Visual C++ you have all there only with a mouse click, without commands or changing programs, but in my opinion Linux is much more better and stable than Windows, and in Linux you have make for your C++ programs.

Thanks,
Nathan Paulino Campos

Last edited by nathanpc; 07-29-2009 at 07:39 PM.. Reason: put more details
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Old 07-29-2009
Quote:
Originally Posted by nathanpc
and in Linux you have make for your C++ programs.
Don't get me wrong. I find make very handy. I really dislike autotools, though, and so many IDE's are built on it... Generating the generated generated script generation scripts for the generation of makefiles is a very long, slow(most 'compilation' time is actually spent regenerating makefiles!) convoluted, and error-fraught process. Writing your own makefiles is easier.

Last edited by Corona688; 07-29-2009 at 08:03 PM..
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Old 07-29-2009
Tools

I like autotools, in my opinion they make the development more flexible.
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Old 07-30-2009
I've spent most of my time with them fighting to fix it when it breaks itself rather than enjoying their advantages, so I may not truly appreciate what they do for a developer yet. How so?

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