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recommended windows C IDE for making basic external

Jul 25 2013 | 8:21 pm

Well I started downloading the MS visual studio express and it’s 608 meg; is there a tighter IDE out there that’s free for just quickly knocking together a simple external? (it will just do a bunch of maths on lists).


Jul 25 2013 | 11:45 pm

you could try Eclipse??

Jul 26 2013 | 12:01 am

thanks Lee. eclipse looks like it’s about 1/3 the size. (i’ve only got about a gig left on my windows partition). Can you recommend it, is it easy to learn? (i don’t want to faf about spending days learning the environment to just compile a few lines of code…) would there be something even simpler out there that could do it?

Jul 26 2013 | 1:03 am

also possible:

I’ve worked with Code::Blocks before, quite transparent

Jul 26 2013 | 11:40 am

im using for everything . Ive been setting up C/C++ environment with it successfully . perhaps it will work for realm of max externals as well.
This is the most beautiful editor i ever worked with . its not distracting for the eyes ,its just perfect

Jul 28 2013 | 9:19 am

I’ve used eclipse extensively for java dev in the past, but not really used it in anger for c/c++ as I have access to vs. I like it a lot tho, apart from when the gc decides to cut in for 10s ;)

Jul 28 2013 | 7:41 pm

thanks everyone, I’m currently going for codeblocks– managed to do a hello world within a few minutes of downloading, and it’s only about 30 meg… will let you know how i go with it for something more substantial/practical…

btw Lee, do you use eclipse to make mxj objects, or for more general java coding projects? I’ve used the built-in editor previously for mxj and found that to be adequate (albeit the editor is very meat-and-potatoes)

Jul 29 2013 | 5:39 am

yes, used eclipse for all my mxj work, and recently all of my javascript work.. it has so many addons these days for various things that it’s just easy…

i may actually go to it for c++ aswell as it might be easier to do projects to compile on windows/mac as all the settings will be the same in eclipse, just use a different toolchain on mac, theoretically…

see how easy it is to convert vcproj to xcode first….

Jul 29 2013 | 5:54 pm

i tried using eclipse for making an mxj once, but went back to the max internal editor… the environment was just ‘too hard’ for my small brain (i’ve never used java for anything except mxj)
the idea of using eclipse cross-platform compilation is nice in theory at least, but if i remember correctly i couldn’t even make java classes on a mac that would work in windows (again, ‘too hard’ for me at the time, gave up :-0 )
thanks for the encouraging info– may revisit eclipse at some stage in the future

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