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Best C IDE for minimal windows XP?

By woodardw001 ·
I need advice on choosing a C++ IDE that will run on a minimal Windows XP system.

I'm retired, on a tight budget, and can't afford commercial software. I've years of experience with programming computers of all sizes: mostly statistical programs in Basic, APL, a little C, and primarily FORTRAN. Now I want to learn C++. I no longer have access to big fast machines and have only an old desktop machine: Windows XP, 133 MHz AMD Athlon, 640 MB RAM, 2.5 GB free disk space.

I've been away from computers and programming for about 5 years while ill. I've been hoping to get back up to speed by scouring the internet and trying out software, but have succeeded only in getting confused and frustrated.

I'm hoping somebody will be kind enough to suggest some software that would satisfy my needs. I'll also need good free documentation and tutorials (I've been coming across much poor documentation and essentially useless video tutorials).

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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Take your pick.

by seanferd In reply to Best C IDE for minimal ...

http://www.google.com/search?q=C%2B%2B+ide

Check the system requirements at the sites.

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My "pick" is the problem, not the solution.

by woodardw001 In reply to Take your pick.

Thanks for your input, but I've read through all that stuff on the web. I'm looking for someone with actual experience who can give a specific recommendation based on experiences with the software.

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Ah. Best of luck, then.

by seanferd In reply to My "pick" is the problem, ...

I hope you can find people who have used a large sample of these IDEs.

It would probably be best to narrow the field down by eliminating from consideration any IDE which has system requirements exceeding exceeding the specs of your current system. Ask for a comparison between the IDEs which qualify for use on your system.

I really cannot offer any opinions myself, unfortunately.

Good luck in your search!

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You want to do all that

by santeewelding In reply to Best C IDE for minimal ...

On what amounts to a bamboo abacus?

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Thanks to all who responded

by woodardw001 In reply to You want to do all that

I appreciate all the comments. I know I want to do more than my old machine (and perhaps my old self) can be expected to do, but I'll take the best of the suggestions and see how far I get. Based on comments from this and other forums, I've decided to focus on wsDev-C++ and see how much I can do with that. I suspect I'll keep scaling back my goals and stripping out impractical features.

Thanks for your help.

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just how tight a buget . . .

by Who Am I Really In reply to Best C IDE for minimal ...

are we talking about?

a good refurb P4 or AMD from tigerdirect.com running XP-Pro SP3 can be had for under $300.00

some with low RAM are as low as around $150.00
and for a few extra bucks the RAM can be upgraded to a decent amount

even it they hose you some for shipping to HW

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