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Hi all,

Im a java developer and i want study C++. Which is the best IDE for C++ ? maybe Eclipse ?
Posted 29-May-13 4:28am
ThePhantomUpvoter at 29-May-13 10:33am
"Which is the best IDE for C++", the "best" IDE is the IDE that you find that meets whatever your requirements are.
nv3 at 29-May-13 10:36am
There is no "best" when it comes to IDEs. Same as "Which is the best car?". You can ask for "What are good IDEs for C++?"

I would regard Eclipse as a reasonably well IDE, although Visual Studio is more to my liking - probably, because I develop all day with it. And these are not the only choices around.
aspnet_regiis -I at 29-May-13 10:43am
Notepad is my favourite and the best of all..
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Solution 1

Probably Visual Studio - it is free (in the express editions) and it has a very similar look and feel throughout, regardless of the language you are using. If you have been developing in Eclipse for your Java, then you will probably hate going back to it afterwards...[^]
bhawin parkeria at 2-Jul-13 9:30am
is visual studio free?
OriginalGriff at 2-Jul-13 9:52am
The express editions are:
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For C++ Visual Studio equipped with a few plugins is unbeatable (plugins VAssistX, and I like the extended scrollbar of Productivity Powertools). I share the opinion of OriginalGriff about moving from Java+Eclipse to C++ and Visual Studio. C++ is hard to parse (C macros and other ugly stuff) and this makes C++ tools much worse than tools for other modern languages. I myself need only a few features for C++ editing (search text in all files, jump to definition, open file by name, ...) and these are implemented in VS + my plugins quite well. I haven't found any plugins or IDEs that can find for example the location of function definitions so well as VAssistX. Maybe Xcode on Mac would be my second choice for C++ development after VS.
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Try a few and see what you get along with. Visual Studio is good, as is Netbeans and Eclipse you already know. CodeBlocks is pretty good these days and some people like Embarcadero's Rad Studio. Qt comes with it's own IDE which is usable. Ultimate++ seems to work and I've heard a few good things about Mono Develop but I'm not sure it does other than C#. There are many other obscure and largely forgetable IDEs for C++ out there most of which I've forgetten. Keep digging till you find one that works for you or go commando and build everything from the command line like a hard core(headed) GNU.

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