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What software?

Author:  Hugetanks [ Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:22 am ]
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Hello,

I wanted to learn C++ for a while, however, a book I had a while ago tells me to use command prompt and notepad. I think this is pretty outdated, so can you recommend to me a compiler?

Thanks

Author:  Srlancelot39 [ Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:19 am ]
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I have always liked Visual Studio.

Author:  Insectoid [ Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:02 pm ]
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A lot of people still code with notepad and a command prompt, and for a beginner this can be the best way to start. Complex IDEs do a lot of magic behind the scenes that can be really confusing if you don't know what's going on. Notepad (or a similar small-featured text editor) forces you to learn everything from the bottom up.

Author:  Srlancelot39 [ Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:20 am ]
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Insectoid @ Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:02 pm wrote:
A lot of people still code with notepad and a command prompt, and for a beginner this can be the best way to start. Complex IDEs do a lot of magic behind the scenes that can be really confusing if you don't know what's going on. Notepad (or a similar small-featured text editor) forces you to learn everything from the bottom up.


Additionally, these editors do not encourage laziness/sloppiness in formatting etc. since those responsibilities are left entirely to the programmer and are good for beginners for that reason as well. It's also just a good skill in general to be able to code effectively without an advanced compiler...similar to having good survival skills!

Author:  ecookman [ Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:14 pm ]
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^^ Very true.

I'm just starting to learn C++ and getting back into programming after long hiatus... When I was first taught how to program a decade ago it was done without any sort of IDE and my first prof made us hand-write assignments.

Although not as sexy, I will strongly vouch for starting with a basic text editor due to the same reasons mentioned above. I got lazy when learning Java and occasionally the IDE I was using wouldn't format the code properly... which was a massive headache because I spent forever trying to find where the formatting error was and why my code wasn't working properly - without totally understanding what was going on.

Author:  Hugetanks [ Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:34 am ]
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The thing was that when I first tried C++, I was told to use notepad and command prompt by my book, however, it wouldn't compile, so I kinda stopped trying. I wanted to come back to learning C++, so I decided to use a compiler.

Author:  Hugetanks [ Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:18 am ]
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Also, is C++ a good first computer language to learn? I am not sure what C++ is useful for, in comparison to other languages like Java and Python.

Author:  Insectoid [ Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:50 am ]
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C++ can do anything. It is fully modern and supported worldwide.

I think you've got some things confused. Even if you run off the command line, you still need a compiler. The compiler is what converts human-readable code to computer-readable code. You probably don't have one installed already, so you'll need to find one online like minGW and carefully follow the installation instructions.


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