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What free and preferably open source development tools for windows would you recommend?


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Currently, I use MinGW for C/C++, Sun's SDK for java, and the Crimson Editor or Notepad++ for editing and Eclipse for my IDE.

Microsoft limits what you can do with the code you create with the Express versions of Visual Studio so as far as I am concerned it doesn't count as free development tool. I see them more as a training tool for the paid version of Visual Studios.

2017/03/07
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3/7/2017 6:22:00 PM


The Express versions of Visual Studio.

You get a great C++ compiler and all the tools you need to build modern Windows apps. Not so hot for cross-platform development of course.

2008/08/28

You need Paint.Net if you do any kind of graphics editing.

2008/09/09

MySQL or Firebird for databases and Open Office for a MS Office replacement. maybe GIMP for images if you need that.

2008/08/28

Check out Wascana Desktop Developer. It's based on MinGW and Eclipse. It gives you the Eclipse graphical IDE on top of the GCC toolchain in Windows.

2008/09/09

  • Emacs
  • Python(x,y)
  • Visual Studio 2008 Express versions
  • TextPad
  • Windows PowerShell
  • Tortoise SVN
2008/08/28

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