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Re: what's the best IDE for C programming in Debian?

On Fri, Aug 1, 2008 at 9:19 PM, Anton Liaukevich <anthonyl@uvaga.by> wrote:
> Star Liu wrote:
>> When I develop in windows, I use visual studio.net 2008 as my IDE, if
>> I want to develop in Debian, what's the best the IDE for C
>> programming?
>> thanks!
> I'm novice at Debian but I also want to express my opinion. I haven't
> still tried Visual Studion .NET 2008. When I began to study C++ (in 2003
> year) I have seen that it is very flexible and powerful language but ...
> most the majority of compilers don't correctly support these C++
> possibilities. Moreover, the majority of C++ libraries are very "crooked".
> I have fallen in love with templates and generic programming. Then I was
> using MS Visual Studio 6.0 as my compiler and IDE (it was the most
> popular in my university) but I have seen that it doesn't support fairly
> simple C++ possibilities connected with templates. I was forced to use
> Service Pack 5 for VS6.0 but even it couldn't solve the problem. Then I
> had tried Borland C++ Builder and I hasn't also liked it.
> Then I had downloaded GCC 3.4 and have seen that it (with its
> implementation of STL) almost fully support ISO 14882 c++ standard.
> Regrettably, I hadn't IDE for it under Windows. After I had heard about
> Boost libraries I have being trying to build it under Windows (using
> various compilers) but it was very ... very! difficult. Furthermore I would
> like to develop cross-platform libs and apps.
> My friends advised me GNU/Linux to be more comfortable for C++ development.
> After a very long pause in my developer's life I had even so dared to
> install GNU/Linux. I have chosen Debian as a largest distribution with
> APT & Debconf and installed it (testing: Lenny).
> In Debian I have seen Boost libraries split into a great number of
> packages with non-fully-templated libraries precompiled (for 12
> architectures). I also in distribution I have found several good C++
> libraries for unit-testing, gui, network, xml parsing, database,
> algorithmic, graph theory and other (which is updated constantly if you have
> an access to a Debian mirror).
> Firstly, I tried Eclipse together with CDT plugin (included in Debian
> distribution). I liked it for it large versatility and independence of
> programming language, compiler. Eclipse is very plugingable and has very
> savvy editor (good code-compleption, symbol-browser, error solver). However,
> in practice, it's a very good IDE for Java but when I had being trying to
> develop in C++ (widely using templates) with Eclipse I have seen it's not
> very suitable for C++ development.
> Earlier I tried to use Anjuta (a big GNOME C/C++ IDE) but it's has too
> complex build system (using automake, autoconf). Also I tried KDevelop (a
> big KDE universal IDE) (in 2006 year) but I had big troubles with debugging.
> I want to say that I like to heavily structurize my project's directory
> tree. It looks like that:
> <project-name>
>    bin
>    build
>        <ide-compiler-1>
>             [compiler-&-ide-specific project files]
>        <ide-compiler-2>
>             [compiler-&-ide-specific project files]
>        ...
>    include
>        [.h files]
>    obj
>        Debug
>            src
>                [object files]
>        Release
>            src
>                [object files]
>    src
>        [.cpp files]
>    tests
>        <test1>
>            [nested (complete) project]
>        <test2>
>            [nested (complete) project]
>        ...
> Finally, I heared of Code::Blocks IDE. It hasn't included in Debian (WHY???)
> but you can download .deb-package (for i386 & amd64 architectures) from
> http://www.codeblocks.org/downloads/5.
> It is free & open-source (GPL 3.0). It has been developed using wxWidgets
> 2.8 (linux-ports uses Gtk+ as backend) therefore it is fully cross-platform
> (there are releases under Windows including variants for use with MinGW).
> Code::Blocks has given me pretty good code-completion (such code-completion
> as used for Java in Eclipse is impossible for C++ because of templates). It
> uses good compiler (g++, you can indicate gcc version yourself using
> symlink), frontend for GDB as debugger. Code::Blocks has its own build
> system (doesn't use configure/automake/autoconf and creates only one
> "intermediate" file "project.depend") which is very convenient for me. But
> you can indicate your own makefile if you like it. It is very convenient
> while using such distribution as Debian. Such IDE gives me a possibility to
> create project's directory structure I like. Code::Blocks also has plugin
> system but I haven't tried any 3rd party plugin yet.
> P.S. Now I'm using C++ (and IDE for it, of course) for implementation
> algorithms (from matrix, graph theories) in "generic" way and Code::Blocks
> is very suitable for me. I think it will be also very suitable for rapid
> development using wxWidgets etc.

I'm really happy to get so much good suggestions, I will try the
following tools one by one, and send my use reports to this mail
thread. I feel that the first one I want to try is codeblocks.

eclipse(with CDT plugin)
Anjuta (a big GNOME C/C++ IDE)
gdb(or ddd)

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