[c++] Best C++ IDE or Editor for Windows

What is the best C++ IDE or editor for using on Windows? I use Notepad++, but am missing IntelliSense from Visual Studio.

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Emacs. Xemacs works fine under Windows. For using it as an IDE, I recommend running it under Cygwin.


vi or gvim if you don't like terminals.


I've tried SlickEdit, Notepad++, emacs, jEdit and Visual Studio. VS wins hands-down for Best Windows IDE.

jEdit is probably the best GUI cross-platform editor/almost-IDE, and emacs is probably the best terminal cross-platform editor/almost-IDE. The advantage with using these is that when you jump to a Mac or Linux box, you know how they work.

I tried Eclipse, but it ran like a no-legged dog it was so slow, so I didn't use it much. Maybe tech is better now, but eh.


Use Visual Studio 2010. You can get the full version free with DreamSpark


Ultimate++ if you want to program for both Linux and C++ also you have the choice to choose your compiler.


I will quote myself from this question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/780837/what-is-a-good-linux-ide-for-code-completion/917854#917854

Someone already said this before me, but QtCreator is really good for Qt4 development.

Not only it has a really good code completion support. It also knows a little more about the code and what to complete then I thought I needed. For example it knows about slots/signals. This means that connecting slots/signals via code is much easier then before.

The code editing is really nice. I remember that when refactoring code, (a few variables starting with underscore) it remembered the cursor position between lines and this made the refactoring much easier. The code indentation is smart enough to not get in my way (KDevelop was configurable, but QtCreator learns how I code. At least it feels like it does).

Then there are the cool key combinations. Most of the functionality of the IDE can be accessed using shortcuts. The "control+k" thingie is a nice thing, which some command line users would like, but I am more GUI oriented. I don't use it.

What I really like, is the split window command. Yes, KDevelop3 does it, but not as nice as QtCreator. My favorite is control+e,3 which I use to display the header and implementations of my classes. Once again, the navigation here is the best I have seen (control+e,o).

It also has a nice SCM integration. I usually use SVN, and quite frankly it's not as good as I need: no shortcut to diff the project, no diff to commit the whole project, no option to commit several files.

I also don't like the "total integration of external tools". I still like the external QtAssistant - control+tab is easier to read large articles. But.... when you define a QString s, and 3 lines bellow you want to read the interface of QString, you put your cursor on "s" and press F1 - the assistant comes as a sidebar with QString's documentation. A huge advantage.

Want to follow a definition? F2 to the help. F4? Changes header/implementation (yes, eclipse does this better...).

The debugger is good. It's not as good as VisualStudio but ... it has support for Qt4 internals (you can see the value of QString and QList!).

I can continue... but IMHO you will need to give it a second and third try. It really is a good product. Not as flexible as Eclipse (hi ryansstack), but it's a really small, fast and young project. I stopped developing QDevelop because I really found what I was looking for.

ps: yes, I mean stopped developing QDevelop. I was in the development team.

My response is for Qt4 development only. Be warned.


There are some features in an IDE that are so transformative that you don't know how you lived without them. Integrated help was one. IntelliSense-like functionality was another. VS 6.0's Debug and Continue was absolutely killer. Visual Studio kicked butt for quite a while. Not bad, given the awful NeXTstep rip-off it all started as. (Or is it that memories of NeXTstep has faded until VS seems okay?)

Sure, there are much better EDITORS that VS, but as a complete package for Win32 development nothing seems to come close.

There are free Express editions now, but they seem pretty crippled.

I am quite enjoying Eclipse under Linux (and derivatives of it on Windows used in some FPGA vendor toolchains). I -really- don't like the lack of integrated MSDN-style help, though.

I think it's basically down to those two choices.


The Zeus editor has support for C/C++ and it also has a form of intellisensing.

It does its intellisensing using the tags information produced by ctags:

alt text http://www.zeusedit.com/images/_lookmain.jpg


I think the debugger in Visual Studio (Express) is the killer thing that prevents me from using another IDE.


personally i dont like microsoft......I hate to admit that visual studio is the best IDE i ever use.....Netbeans is gud but drasticaly slow....other free IDEs are useless.. so people try to stick with VS....


The Eclipse CDT works well for me. It supports MinGW and Cygwin as targets. It also integrates well with CVS and Subversion.

The latest build, Ganymede, is available here.


I personally like Visual Studio combined with a third party add-in such as Visual Assist (http://www.wholetomato.com/). I've tried a few of the others and always ended up back with Visual Studio. Plus, Visual Studio is a widely used product in development industries, so having experience using it can only be a plus.


notepad++ or codeblocks for large projects


As a complete all-in one package, Visual Studio 2008 is the best IDE for C++ development with Windows


I would recommend C++Builder, from Embarcadero, for C++ work and there is also a free version available. If you prefer Visual Studio, download one of free express editions.


personally i dont like microsoft......I hate to admit that visual studio is the best IDE i ever use.....Netbeans is gud but drasticaly slow....other free IDEs are useless.. so people try to stick with VS....


I have used Netbeans for java, and it works great. Not sure how it works with C++, though.


I think the anwser to this question depends on following question: Do you want to develop cross-platform applications ?
If the anwser to this question is a clear YES, than you should start right away with some IDE that support cross-platform compilers like gcc/mingw.

Personally ive tried CodeBlocks and QtCreator beside VS... If developing cross-platform software using Qt, surely QtCreator is the best choice. Since QtCreator is still a quite new IDE, it still has some bugs... for example it's "intelli-sense" doesnt support namespace aliaces yet.. but i think it will evolve pretty fast, to a very good and complete IDE.
Codeblocks is a quite "small" IDE, but has everything an IDE needs. Still its "Intelli-Sense" (especially when dealing with meta-programming stuff like boost), and debugger is less powerful than VS's.


vi or gvim if you don't like terminals.


The Eclipse CDT works well for me. It supports MinGW and Cygwin as targets. It also integrates well with CVS and Subversion.

The latest build, Ganymede, is available here.


Visual studio is great, but there are few tricks you can enhance it with. SonicFileFinder is one - helps you to search source files by partial match. You can map solution-tree to Alt+1, partial filename search to alt+2, and properties-window to alt+3. These are the three most used windows.

Another great tool that is ofter misunderstood is ctrl+shift+F shortcut for searching file contents. People dont use because it's so slow, but my advice is - deal with it. Searching the whole solution (or even all files in project folder) is only slow the first time you use it. Consequitive searches are as fast as jump-to-definition-feature.


As a complete all-in one package, Visual Studio 2008 is the best IDE for C++ development with Windows


If you are interested in doing Qt development, then Qt Creator works fine and is free.


I think the debugger in Visual Studio (Express) is the killer thing that prevents me from using another IDE.


Visual Studio + Visual Assist X (http://www.wholetomato.com/)


I prefer to use Microsoft Visual C++ express on windows. Though the 2008 ide is fine, the 2005 express has better support for many of the open projects which you might want to participate in. It's a pain to compile Firefox or a half life 2 mod on 2008. Also as a general tip when looking for software, I like to search wikipedia for "comparison of " In this case you would search comparison of Integrated Development Environments.

Hope that was helpful.


vi or gvim if you don't like terminals.


I prefer to use Microsoft Visual C++ express on windows. Though the 2008 ide is fine, the 2005 express has better support for many of the open projects which you might want to participate in. It's a pain to compile Firefox or a half life 2 mod on 2008. Also as a general tip when looking for software, I like to search wikipedia for "comparison of " In this case you would search comparison of Integrated Development Environments.

Hope that was helpful.


I think the anwser to this question depends on following question: Do you want to develop cross-platform applications ?
If the anwser to this question is a clear YES, than you should start right away with some IDE that support cross-platform compilers like gcc/mingw.

Personally ive tried CodeBlocks and QtCreator beside VS... If developing cross-platform software using Qt, surely QtCreator is the best choice. Since QtCreator is still a quite new IDE, it still has some bugs... for example it's "intelli-sense" doesnt support namespace aliaces yet.. but i think it will evolve pretty fast, to a very good and complete IDE.
Codeblocks is a quite "small" IDE, but has everything an IDE needs. Still its "Intelli-Sense" (especially when dealing with meta-programming stuff like boost), and debugger is less powerful than VS's.


c++ IDE for MSWindows 1-Visual Studio 2-CodeBlocks (nighitly build) others (devcpp, netbeans, eclips,...) just sucks, dont waste your time


As a complete all-in one package, Visual Studio 2008 is the best IDE for C++ development with Windows


Dev-C++ is a complete stand alone debugger compiler and linker, and also offers "IntelliSense". If you want to break away from VS (that also includes VS express) i suggest using this tool.


There are some features in an IDE that are so transformative that you don't know how you lived without them. Integrated help was one. IntelliSense-like functionality was another. VS 6.0's Debug and Continue was absolutely killer. Visual Studio kicked butt for quite a while. Not bad, given the awful NeXTstep rip-off it all started as. (Or is it that memories of NeXTstep has faded until VS seems okay?)

Sure, there are much better EDITORS that VS, but as a complete package for Win32 development nothing seems to come close.

There are free Express editions now, but they seem pretty crippled.

I am quite enjoying Eclipse under Linux (and derivatives of it on Windows used in some FPGA vendor toolchains). I -really- don't like the lack of integrated MSDN-style help, though.

I think it's basically down to those two choices.


I'm a bit surprised because nobody has mentioned Codeblocks: http://codeblocks.org I think it is probably one of the best IDE's for C++. It is specially useful if you do multiplatform programming, since it is available for Linux, Mac and Windows, and it uses the same project files for all versions. It works perfectly with mingw, allowing you to even perform cross-compiling. It also directly supports wxWidgets visual development.


If you are interested in doing Qt development, then Qt Creator works fine and is free.


The Zeus editor has support for C/C++ and it also has a form of intellisensing.

It does its intellisensing using the tags information produced by ctags:

alt text http://www.zeusedit.com/images/_lookmain.jpg


SlickEdit is very cool, and does support something like intellisense. At my current company I now use Visual Studio, and I've mostly gotten used to it - but there are still some SlickEdit features I miss.


I have used Netbeans for java, and it works great. Not sure how it works with C++, though.


Here's another vote for Visual Studio. The debugger and Intellisense are definitely it's hallmarks. While other IDE's offer code-completion, I've often found them to be somewhat sluggish in this area for some reason (sluggish being a reference to the speed at which code-completion occurs and offers selections).

Other than VS, NetBeans is a good polished IDE and is updated on a very regular cycle.


I vote for Visual Studio, but it seems that C++ is treated like second class citizen (not the compiler and stuff but IDE support) compared to .NET languages like C#, but hopefully MS will do something about it by the next version of Visual Studio (new standard is coming and they promised that 10 should be new 6).


I have used Netbeans for java, and it works great. Not sure how it works with C++, though.


I think the debugger in Visual Studio (Express) is the killer thing that prevents me from using another IDE.


I will quote myself from this question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/780837/what-is-a-good-linux-ide-for-code-completion/917854#917854

Someone already said this before me, but QtCreator is really good for Qt4 development.

Not only it has a really good code completion support. It also knows a little more about the code and what to complete then I thought I needed. For example it knows about slots/signals. This means that connecting slots/signals via code is much easier then before.

The code editing is really nice. I remember that when refactoring code, (a few variables starting with underscore) it remembered the cursor position between lines and this made the refactoring much easier. The code indentation is smart enough to not get in my way (KDevelop was configurable, but QtCreator learns how I code. At least it feels like it does).

Then there are the cool key combinations. Most of the functionality of the IDE can be accessed using shortcuts. The "control+k" thingie is a nice thing, which some command line users would like, but I am more GUI oriented. I don't use it.

What I really like, is the split window command. Yes, KDevelop3 does it, but not as nice as QtCreator. My favorite is control+e,3 which I use to display the header and implementations of my classes. Once again, the navigation here is the best I have seen (control+e,o).

It also has a nice SCM integration. I usually use SVN, and quite frankly it's not as good as I need: no shortcut to diff the project, no diff to commit the whole project, no option to commit several files.

I also don't like the "total integration of external tools". I still like the external QtAssistant - control+tab is easier to read large articles. But.... when you define a QString s, and 3 lines bellow you want to read the interface of QString, you put your cursor on "s" and press F1 - the assistant comes as a sidebar with QString's documentation. A huge advantage.

Want to follow a definition? F2 to the help. F4? Changes header/implementation (yes, eclipse does this better...).

The debugger is good. It's not as good as VisualStudio but ... it has support for Qt4 internals (you can see the value of QString and QList!).

I can continue... but IMHO you will need to give it a second and third try. It really is a good product. Not as flexible as Eclipse (hi ryansstack), but it's a really small, fast and young project. I stopped developing QDevelop because I really found what I was looking for.

ps: yes, I mean stopped developing QDevelop. I was in the development team.

My response is for Qt4 development only. Be warned.


I vote for Visual Studio, but it seems that C++ is treated like second class citizen (not the compiler and stuff but IDE support) compared to .NET languages like C#, but hopefully MS will do something about it by the next version of Visual Studio (new standard is coming and they promised that 10 should be new 6).


The Zeus editor has support for C/C++ and it also has a form of intellisensing.

It does its intellisensing using the tags information produced by ctags:

alt text http://www.zeusedit.com/images/_lookmain.jpg


VIsual studio is by far the best IDE but you can also take a look at Code::Blocks


There are the free "Express" versions of Visual Studio. Given that you like Visual Studio and that the "Express" editions are free, there is no reason to use any other editor.


Visual Studio BUT...

Go get ReSharper plugin from http://www.jetbrains.com/resharper/index.html. I'm a Java developer who uses IntelliJ and ReSharper gives a lot of the IntelliJ functionality to Visual Studio.


With Intellisense, code folding, edit and continue, and a whole host of other features, Visual Studio is certainly the best IDE. However, for simple code editing, I often use UltraEdit. It has some great features not found in Visual Studio. One surprisingly useful feature is being able to select a column in the editor. You can find and replace within the column (useful for tabs vs. spaces wars...) delete the column, etc...


Um, that's because Visual Studio is the best IDE. Come back to the darkside.


One that hasn't been mentioned is CodeLite, a powerful open-source, cross platform IDE. It has code completion amongst other features.


Personally, I have found Bloodshed's Dev-C++ to be very good. However, I do not recall an update in a very long time. I have, because of this, switched over to NetBeans for everything.


VIsual studio is by far the best IDE but you can also take a look at Code::Blocks


I personally like Visual Studio combined with a third party add-in such as Visual Assist (http://www.wholetomato.com/). I've tried a few of the others and always ended up back with Visual Studio. Plus, Visual Studio is a widely used product in development industries, so having experience using it can only be a plus.


There are the free "Express" versions of Visual Studio. Given that you like Visual Studio and that the "Express" editions are free, there is no reason to use any other editor.


My favorite IDE was good old msdev.exe, a.k.a., Microsoft Development Studio, a.k.a., Microsoft Visual C++ 6. It was the last version of Visual C++ that didn't require me to get new hardware just to run it.

However, the compiler wasn't standard-compliant. Not even remotely.


Um, that's because Visual Studio is the best IDE. Come back to the darkside.


Use Visual Studio 2010. You can get the full version free with DreamSpark


I prefer to use Microsoft Visual C++ express on windows. Though the 2008 ide is fine, the 2005 express has better support for many of the open projects which you might want to participate in. It's a pain to compile Firefox or a half life 2 mod on 2008. Also as a general tip when looking for software, I like to search wikipedia for "comparison of " In this case you would search comparison of Integrated Development Environments.

Hope that was helpful.


Dev-C++ is a complete stand alone debugger compiler and linker, and also offers "IntelliSense". If you want to break away from VS (that also includes VS express) i suggest using this tool.


The Eclipse CDT works well for me. It supports MinGW and Cygwin as targets. It also integrates well with CVS and Subversion.

The latest build, Ganymede, is available here.


I vote for Visual Studio, but it seems that C++ is treated like second class citizen (not the compiler and stuff but IDE support) compared to .NET languages like C#, but hopefully MS will do something about it by the next version of Visual Studio (new standard is coming and they promised that 10 should be new 6).


QT and NetBeans are the best cpp IDE's that I've ever used.


I have used Netbeans for java, and it works great. Not sure how it works with C++, though.


Here's another vote for Visual Studio. The debugger and Intellisense are definitely it's hallmarks. While other IDE's offer code-completion, I've often found them to be somewhat sluggish in this area for some reason (sluggish being a reference to the speed at which code-completion occurs and offers selections).

Other than VS, NetBeans is a good polished IDE and is updated on a very regular cycle.


I'm a bit surprised because nobody has mentioned Codeblocks: http://codeblocks.org I think it is probably one of the best IDE's for C++. It is specially useful if you do multiplatform programming, since it is available for Linux, Mac and Windows, and it uses the same project files for all versions. It works perfectly with mingw, allowing you to even perform cross-compiling. It also directly supports wxWidgets visual development.


Dev-C++ is a complete stand alone debugger compiler and linker, and also offers "IntelliSense". If you want to break away from VS (that also includes VS express) i suggest using this tool.


I would recommend C++Builder, from Embarcadero, for C++ work and there is also a free version available. If you prefer Visual Studio, download one of free express editions.


Visual studio is great, but there are few tricks you can enhance it with. SonicFileFinder is one - helps you to search source files by partial match. You can map solution-tree to Alt+1, partial filename search to alt+2, and properties-window to alt+3. These are the three most used windows.

Another great tool that is ofter misunderstood is ctrl+shift+F shortcut for searching file contents. People dont use because it's so slow, but my advice is - deal with it. Searching the whole solution (or even all files in project folder) is only slow the first time you use it. Consequitive searches are as fast as jump-to-definition-feature.


I think it's largely a matter of taste, but I would recommend begginers to stick to a pure editor (vi, emacs...) instead of a full fledged IDE so they can figure out the whole toolchain that modern IDEs hide.

Just for the record, my weapon of choice is Emacs.


SlickEdit is very cool, and does support something like intellisense. At my current company I now use Visual Studio, and I've mostly gotten used to it - but there are still some SlickEdit features I miss.


It looks like you did not mention Ultimate++ iDE. It is quite fast. It is not perfect as Visual Studio but it has several useful features such as function list, it shows which function you are in,searches, multiple releases, package system, a gui designer a faster container library. Code completion...


vi or gvim if you don't like terminals.


The Zeus editor has support for C/C++ and it also has a form of intellisensing.

It does its intellisensing using the tags information produced by ctags:

alt text http://www.zeusedit.com/images/_lookmain.jpg


I would recommend C++Builder, from Embarcadero, for C++ work and there is also a free version available. If you prefer Visual Studio, download one of free express editions.


My favorite IDE was good old msdev.exe, a.k.a., Microsoft Development Studio, a.k.a., Microsoft Visual C++ 6. It was the last version of Visual C++ that didn't require me to get new hardware just to run it.

However, the compiler wasn't standard-compliant. Not even remotely.


Um, that's because Visual Studio is the best IDE. Come back to the darkside.


Dev-C++ is a complete stand alone debugger compiler and linker, and also offers "IntelliSense". If you want to break away from VS (that also includes VS express) i suggest using this tool.


I've tried SlickEdit, Notepad++, emacs, jEdit and Visual Studio. VS wins hands-down for Best Windows IDE.

jEdit is probably the best GUI cross-platform editor/almost-IDE, and emacs is probably the best terminal cross-platform editor/almost-IDE. The advantage with using these is that when you jump to a Mac or Linux box, you know how they work.

I tried Eclipse, but it ran like a no-legged dog it was so slow, so I didn't use it much. Maybe tech is better now, but eh.


I personally like Visual Studio combined with a third party add-in such as Visual Assist (http://www.wholetomato.com/). I've tried a few of the others and always ended up back with Visual Studio. Plus, Visual Studio is a widely used product in development industries, so having experience using it can only be a plus.


M$ VS2008 is a better IDE for this.


There are the free "Express" versions of Visual Studio. Given that you like Visual Studio and that the "Express" editions are free, there is no reason to use any other editor.


With Intellisense, code folding, edit and continue, and a whole host of other features, Visual Studio is certainly the best IDE. However, for simple code editing, I often use UltraEdit. It has some great features not found in Visual Studio. One surprisingly useful feature is being able to select a column in the editor. You can find and replace within the column (useful for tabs vs. spaces wars...) delete the column, etc...


How about CodeBlocks, i find it so fine with me, especially the new 10.05 version.


SlickEdit is very cool, and does support something like intellisense. At my current company I now use Visual Studio, and I've mostly gotten used to it - but there are still some SlickEdit features I miss.


As a complete all-in one package, Visual Studio 2008 is the best IDE for C++ development with Windows


The question says specifically IDE so I am guessing thats what you want. In that case, the main options are Visual Studio and Eclipse CDT as stated above. Of those, I personally prefer Eclipse. However, don't necessarily limit yourself to an IDE. I prefer to use vim as my editor and WinDbg as my debugger. For compilation, your project will probably dictate this. I currently use NMAke on the command line.


It looks like you did not mention Ultimate++ iDE. It is quite fast. It is not perfect as Visual Studio but it has several useful features such as function list, it shows which function you are in,searches, multiple releases, package system, a gui designer a faster container library. Code completion...


Um, that's because Visual Studio is the best IDE. Come back to the darkside.


Personally, I have found Bloodshed's Dev-C++ to be very good. However, I do not recall an update in a very long time. I have, because of this, switched over to NetBeans for everything.


Emacs. Xemacs works fine under Windows. For using it as an IDE, I recommend running it under Cygwin.


VIsual studio is by far the best IDE but you can also take a look at Code::Blocks


Ultimate++ if you want to program for both Linux and C++ also you have the choice to choose your compiler.


I vote for Visual Studio, but it seems that C++ is treated like second class citizen (not the compiler and stuff but IDE support) compared to .NET languages like C#, but hopefully MS will do something about it by the next version of Visual Studio (new standard is coming and they promised that 10 should be new 6).


One that hasn't been mentioned is CodeLite, a powerful open-source, cross platform IDE. It has code completion amongst other features.


Dev C++ is also a nice IDE. It's not so user friendly, but it's usefull.


VIsual studio is by far the best IDE but you can also take a look at Code::Blocks


Visual Studio BUT...

Go get ReSharper plugin from http://www.jetbrains.com/resharper/index.html. I'm a Java developer who uses IntelliJ and ReSharper gives a lot of the IntelliJ functionality to Visual Studio.


I prefer to use Microsoft Visual C++ express on windows. Though the 2008 ide is fine, the 2005 express has better support for many of the open projects which you might want to participate in. It's a pain to compile Firefox or a half life 2 mod on 2008. Also as a general tip when looking for software, I like to search wikipedia for "comparison of " In this case you would search comparison of Integrated Development Environments.

Hope that was helpful.


How about CodeBlocks, i find it so fine with me, especially the new 10.05 version.


Dev C++ is also a nice IDE. It's not so user friendly, but it's usefull.


The Eclipse CDT works well for me. It supports MinGW and Cygwin as targets. It also integrates well with CVS and Subversion.

The latest build, Ganymede, is available here.


I think the debugger in Visual Studio (Express) is the killer thing that prevents me from using another IDE.


Visual studio is the most up to date and probably "best" free ide. Dev C++ is a little dated, and mingw doesn't compile most of boost, (except regex). Most of the other compilers are dated and fading, like mars and borland. But you can use whatever you like!


There are some features in an IDE that are so transformative that you don't know how you lived without them. Integrated help was one. IntelliSense-like functionality was another. VS 6.0's Debug and Continue was absolutely killer. Visual Studio kicked butt for quite a while. Not bad, given the awful NeXTstep rip-off it all started as. (Or is it that memories of NeXTstep has faded until VS seems okay?)

Sure, there are much better EDITORS that VS, but as a complete package for Win32 development nothing seems to come close.

There are free Express editions now, but they seem pretty crippled.

I am quite enjoying Eclipse under Linux (and derivatives of it on Windows used in some FPGA vendor toolchains). I -really- don't like the lack of integrated MSDN-style help, though.

I think it's basically down to those two choices.


I personally like Visual Studio combined with a third party add-in such as Visual Assist (http://www.wholetomato.com/). I've tried a few of the others and always ended up back with Visual Studio. Plus, Visual Studio is a widely used product in development industries, so having experience using it can only be a plus.


I think it's largely a matter of taste, but I would recommend begginers to stick to a pure editor (vi, emacs...) instead of a full fledged IDE so they can figure out the whole toolchain that modern IDEs hide.

Just for the record, my weapon of choice is Emacs.


The question says specifically IDE so I am guessing thats what you want. In that case, the main options are Visual Studio and Eclipse CDT as stated above. Of those, I personally prefer Eclipse. However, don't necessarily limit yourself to an IDE. I prefer to use vim as my editor and WinDbg as my debugger. For compilation, your project will probably dictate this. I currently use NMAke on the command line.


Visual Studio + Visual Assist X (http://www.wholetomato.com/)


notepad++ or codeblocks for large projects


SlickEdit is very cool, and does support something like intellisense. At my current company I now use Visual Studio, and I've mostly gotten used to it - but there are still some SlickEdit features I miss.


c++ IDE for MSWindows 1-Visual Studio 2-CodeBlocks (nighitly build) others (devcpp, netbeans, eclips,...) just sucks, dont waste your time


Visual studio is the most up to date and probably "best" free ide. Dev C++ is a little dated, and mingw doesn't compile most of boost, (except regex). Most of the other compilers are dated and fading, like mars and borland. But you can use whatever you like!


There are some features in an IDE that are so transformative that you don't know how you lived without them. Integrated help was one. IntelliSense-like functionality was another. VS 6.0's Debug and Continue was absolutely killer. Visual Studio kicked butt for quite a while. Not bad, given the awful NeXTstep rip-off it all started as. (Or is it that memories of NeXTstep has faded until VS seems okay?)

Sure, there are much better EDITORS that VS, but as a complete package for Win32 development nothing seems to come close.

There are free Express editions now, but they seem pretty crippled.

I am quite enjoying Eclipse under Linux (and derivatives of it on Windows used in some FPGA vendor toolchains). I -really- don't like the lack of integrated MSDN-style help, though.

I think it's basically down to those two choices.


QT and NetBeans are the best cpp IDE's that I've ever used.


There are the free "Express" versions of Visual Studio. Given that you like Visual Studio and that the "Express" editions are free, there is no reason to use any other editor.


M$ VS2008 is a better IDE for this.


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