Newbie Question for Windows
Fri Sep 17 05:30:00 GMT 2004
On Thu, 16 Sep 2004, Buck-C wrote:
> A friend of mine that has a fair amount of C programming experience and I,
> who has no experience in programming in C, are looking for a common compiler
> on which he can program and I can learn to program in C (and all variations,
> C++ etc.) I am familiar with the Microsoft Visual methods of programming in
> various languages and applications. Primarily I would like to learn and use
> the C compiler/GUI on Windows, but I would like to think that what I learn
> can carry over to the Linux box as well, should I decide to program in
> Linux. From what I understand, GCC and its various libraries are available
> for Windows. Neither of us has ever worked with GCC and know nothing about
> it. Below are several questions. Thank you all in advance for your
> patience and answers.
> From where do I download GCC for Windows in a usable format?
You could try mingw : http://www.mingw.org There are two packages there
: mingw which provides headers and libraries and the gnu compilers, to
compile native windows programs and libraries, and msys, which provides
all the autotools, commonly used on linux.
> I followed the GCC website but got lost somewhere. I think I found it
> somewhere in .HZ format but I have no way to unzip it.
> Does GCC or any other freely licensed version have a GUI interface such as
> MS Visual C?
There exist some IDE : dev-c++ (http://www.bloodshed.net/devcpp.html) or
Visual-mingw (http://visual-mingw.sourceforge.net/) or Mingw Developper
Studio (http://www.parinya.ca/, see products)
> Is GCC a good compiler on which to learn C?
i think so. It is more close to the norm than microsoft products
> What all do I need to download and install to have a complete and usable
see mingw.org web site, and its mailing lists for further information.
hope this help
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