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Old 08-22-08, 06:51 PM   #1
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About C++ Programming, IT, Being a Smart-A, etc...

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I love to code. I'm not a "developer" right now and I'm happy with that (avoiding IT drama and BS as much as possible). But I feel kinda blue, cuz I'm not coding. I aways had a litte project on the side... anyway, back to topic, I wanna code. I can't spend a lot of money on it and I need to be legal so I'm looking for free compilers, tools and stuff.

I know the best way would be to get an old machine, put a linux distro there and install some free developing enviroment... BUT, no extra PC right now to do that. I'm looking for something lighweight that I could install on a WinXP machine. No need to be extra fancy, I just need to code some pages so I could feel complete.... right now it's like something is missing from my life. You true developers out there might be familiar with the feeling.

So, any options?

PS: I forgot to mention that I'm currently looking at this page:
http://www.thefreecountry.com/compilers/cpp.shtml
long list, trying to find out wich ones to try first...

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right now it's like something is missing from my life. You true developers out there might be familiar with the feeling.
I get this feeling when I'm hungry.
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I get this feeling when I'm hungry.
That one is usually solved with pizza, the developer's food source of choice.
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Go to sourceforge.org there are lots of free Java and C++ compliers that run on XP. Also look up a free IDE call eclipse
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Eclipse... hum.. that sounds familiar... I've been living code free for way too long, starting to forget the stuff.
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I'm now testing the MS Visual C++ 2008 Express edition... looks ok. I don't like MS but this will do. First test APP done already (see attachment).

Now I need a small project to get me started. Maybe a small app to log my daily miles will do... It could get the data (miles, time, etc) auto-fill the date, calculate the averages, sabe the info to a spreadsheet and maybe upload it to a web-based DB or something....

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I'm now testing the MS Visual C++ 2008 Express edition... looks ok. I don't like MS but this will do. First test APP done already (see attachment).

Now I need a small project to get me started. Maybe a small app to log my daily miles will do... It could get the data (miles, time, etc) auto-fill the date, calculate the averages, sabe the info to a spreadsheet and maybe upload it to a web-based DB or something....

C U Later... I shall code
the express stuff from MS is cery good. If you really want to emerse yourself in a good language try c#. As far as programming in a speradsheet, all MS office products are VB script enabled..... you can do alot with that before you get bored. There is also a editor attched to excel. From a new spreadsheet menus Tools/Macros/Visual Basic Editors. I've used these tools on many a high profile project over the years.... you should be able to do what you want with that.
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THX, I liked c#... but I like c++ better. I can organize myself better. the MS Visual enviroment, well.. .meh I'm still playing with it, familiarizing with the event handler's grammar before I do any acual work.

I guess I could have played with the embeded VS stuff on office itself but that would make me look like a script kiddie and my goal is to achieve smart-a status. Visual Basic in general... meh, lotsa people know that already, not geeky enough. I remember it was a lot faster to do stuff on it... wan't as picky as the c++... but that's ok I'm not in a hurry.

These MS compilers aways put a lot of crap in the code... I wonder if all that is really needed... I learned C++ on UNIX so here I'm kinda lost.... the buttons work tho... can tie some code to their click events.. that's enough for now... i hope

PS: Yeah, my spelling-fu/gramar-fu is weak today... so what!
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You don't necessarily need a spare pc. You could use something like knoppix and boot into linux from a liveCD. They have development tools packaged into the liveCD

One thing is you probably want to set the option to load the os into memory if you have enough. Otherwise after awhile your spinning your cd drive alot.
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You could also consider installing Cygwin onto your XP box. Cygwin provides a Linux-like environment for XP. It can be a little schizophrenic at times (Linux uses '/' for path separator, Windows uses '\'... Linux uses 0x0a for end of line in text files, Windows uses 0x0d 0x0a, etc).

I've used Cygwin often for writing small portable command-line tools. They have an X-compatible environment for Windows as well, but I've never tried it.
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Hi there.

I love to code. I'm not a "developer" right now and I'm happy with that (avoiding IT drama and BS as much as possible). But I feel kinda blue, cuz I'm not coding. I aways had a litte project on the side... anyway, back to topic, I wanna code. I can't spend a lot of money on it and I need to be legal so I'm looking for free compilers, tools and stuff.

I know the best way would be to get an old machine, put a linux distro there and install some free developing enviroment... BUT, no extra PC right now to do that. I'm looking for something lighweight that I could install on a WinXP machine. No need to be extra fancy, I just need to code some pages so I could feel complete.... right now it's like something is missing from my life. You true developers out there might be familiar with the feeling.

So, any options?

PS: I forgot to mention that I'm currently looking at this page:
http://www.thefreecountry.com/compilers/cpp.shtml
long list, trying to find out wich ones to try first...
http://virtualbox.org/ (My personal choice for virtual machines, there are plenty of free options out there!)
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