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Windows 7: How can i find C++ programming software?

13 Apr 2012   #1
hankydorky

W7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
How can i find C++ programming software?

hello guys,

I'm interested in learning C++ programming but from my research, it quite confusing when i found there is lot of version/type. So, can someone explain what are they actually and where can i find the software in order to start my learning process. I'm learning from the books and i didn't attend any course or class before.

thanks.


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13 Apr 2012   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Its not the best language for your fist one but here is some history and links. C++ - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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13 Apr 2012   #3
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

You can find a link to Visual Studio Express for C++ here:

Free Developer Tools - Visual Studio 2010 Express | Microsoft Visual Studio
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13 Apr 2012   #4
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Here's another good source:
Free Compilers and Interpreters for Programming Languages (thefreecountry.com)

Also if you really want to explore many programming languages for free I recommend Linux. If you have broadband connected via a network card then my recommendation is Mandriva OneCD. But everyone has their favorite distro. The thing with Linux is there's an order of magnitude more free programming languages available than for Windows. Many compilers that charge for a Window implementation have free full fledged Linux versions. There are just many more choices.

The downside is Linux may make you feel a bit like a fish out of water if you come strictly from Windows. If you have an old or secondary PC you can set up on that or dual boot with Windows.

If you are strictly interested in Windows programming then it may not be worth the hassle. But there's a ton of free development suites for Linux you just won't find for free for Windows.
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14 Apr 2012   #5
hankydorky

W7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
Here's another good source:
Free Compilers and Interpreters for Programming Languages (thefreecountry.com)

Also if you really want to explore many programming languages for free I recommend Linux. If you have broadband connected via a network card then my recommendation is Mandriva OneCD. But everyone has their favorite distro. The thing with Linux is there's an order of magnitude more free programming languages available than for Windows. Many compilers that charge for a Window implementation have free full fledged Linux versions. There are just many more choices.

The downside is Linux may make you feel a bit like a fish out of water if you come strictly from Windows. If you have an old or secondary PC you can set up on that or dual boot with Windows.

If you are strictly interested in Windows programming then it may not be worth the hassle. But there's a ton of free development suites for Linux you just won't find for free for Windows.

I heard about LINUX before, i assume that it's difficult to me to involve in LINUX because i started with windows but i find that LINUX has many advantage than window. Thanks for your advice.
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14 Apr 2012   #6
hankydorky

W7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post
You can find a link to Visual Studio Express for C++ here:

Free Developer Tools - Visual Studio 2010 Express | Microsoft Visual Studio
thanks prof.
do i need to download from link? i choose visual c++ 2010 express, is there anything else that should i do after download it? or just follow their instruction?
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14 Apr 2012   #7
varta

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

If you want a much smaller alternative and don't require a whole IDE, I'd recommend using Notepad++ as a code editor and some small compiler like MinGW ( Getting Started | MinGW )
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14 Apr 2012   #8
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hankydorky View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post
You can find a link to Visual Studio Express for C++ here:

Free Developer Tools - Visual Studio 2010 Express | Microsoft Visual Studio
thanks prof.
do i need to download from link? i choose visual c++ 2010 express, is there anything else that should i do after download it? or just follow their instruction?
I would do a lot of reading. Until you have some idea as to what you are doing, none of the rest will make much sense to you.
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14 Apr 2012   #9
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I always found going "one level lower" helped increase my understanding of how the programming language worked. While learning high level languages, I learned a bit of assembler for a couple of processors. C++ it may be helpful to learn the concepts for "plain vanilla" C.

btw If you are intrigued by Linux it costs effort rather than money. You may have a blast messing with it. These days you don't have to spend as much time getting basics like XWindows working. When I started I had to download the X libraries and configure my system based on the sample config scripts. I couldn't have done it without a book. Now when you boot after install it comes up to the window manager. Nothing to it. Also APT makes it a lot easier to install and use packages out of the box. It doesn't take days of fiddling to get a program to work.
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