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Ultimate Geek
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#13369 6-May-2007 23:49
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Hi dudes and dudettes.

I've been looking at doing some proper coding for *nix. Preferably Linux and GTK type stuff and C and all that. I checked out this page on wikipedia about integrated design environments -

And I was hoping some pro coding geeks could post a reply saying what they use to develop programs in. Please don't say MS Visual Studio because I'm looking at coding for the *nix world (Im cheap OK I cant afford to fork out for big development packages).

Its been a long time since I did any coding (think Qbasic) but my tweaking missions have become so hardcore lately that I might as well just write code.

The projects on sourceforge seem to have all sorts of tidy filesystems etc and version numbers and all sorts. But I don't know how to make any of that. Can someone help little wee weblord pepe?

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Master Geek

#69763 7-May-2007 02:32
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MS Visual Studio.

No, seriously! If it's just money you're worried about, you can grab a free (limited) express edition ( I can't tell you how good it is (I've only every used the full version) - but it's gotta be worth a try, right?

If you're set on developing for Linux, I hear good things about Eclipse. I've only ever used KDevelop personally - installed with KDE - - which I thought was pretty good. Not as fully-featured as VS.NET but it has all the essentials. Specifically for C/C++ & GTK, Anjuta has to be worth a look (

Also, if you actually want to get into UNIX development, you can request a free Solaris Express, developer edition DVD from Sun ( which comes complete with Sun Studio. With Studio, you can compile code for Linux platforms too if you wish.

Finally, it's a bit off topic but you might want to take a look at - it's kinda like an online library specializing in tech publications. That site has saved me a fortune over the last few years and they'll definitely have some good GTK/Linux dev manuals on there.

Anyway, REAL developers use vi. ;)

Good luck!

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  #69836 7-May-2007 18:39
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Eclipse + C/C++ Plugin
NetBeans + C/C++ Plugin

Both are good for UNIX development; Sun Studio 11 works on Linux, Solaris SPARC/x64/x86 - the sun compilers are very good and very strict; so if you want to get into good coding habits and have maximum portability, use them, along with the Intel compilers which will be coming to Solaris soon too.


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Ultimate Geek
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  #69871 7-May-2007 22:26
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Thanks for the info guys. Thats a lot of help. &H00000A out of 10!!

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  #69880 7-May-2007 23:16
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mostly i use a combo of vi, and a heavily reconfigured kdevelop.

eclipse takes alot of..... wrangling.... to make it "usable".
Those who like it, won't use anything else :-)... but i don't like it at all. It runs very slow, constantly rebuilding everything all the time.


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Ultimate Geek
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  #69988 8-May-2007 22:59
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Yeah I had a quick look at Eclipse and it seems there there are some hardcore devotees. It's worth a look into but I'll check out that Kdevelop next. Developing for a big established platform like KDE would be a good way in I would think? Even though I am a Gnome fanboy.

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