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A good, portable C++ IDE

Postby Woopate » Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:23 am UTC

Hey there,
I've been tinkering with C++ in my downtime at work lately. But I've been using DevCpp Portable 4.9.9.2 revision 4. Which I've heard is deprecated. I'm looking for a new IDE that I can run from a USB drive on Windows systems. I have no internet access at work save my phone, so that's also a potential limitation.

It does not have to be an IDE, it could be separate
Compiler and text editor etc. The chief requirement is runnable from a USB drive.

Any thoughts?
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Re: A good, portable C++ IDE

Postby RoadieRich » Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:51 am UTC

Woopate wrote:Hey there,
I've been tinkering with C++ in my downtime at work lately. But I've been using DevCpp Portable 4.9.9.2 revision 4. Which I've heard is deprecated. I'm looking for a new IDE that I can run from a USB drive on Windows systems. I have no internet access at work save my phone, so that's also a potential limitation.

It does not have to be an IDE, it could be separate
Compiler and text editor etc. The chief requirement is runnable from a USB drive.

Any thoughts?

Both cygwin and mingw have portable versions. If the editors in those (vi and nano are included (I think), others can be installed) aren't enough, notepad++ is pretty good, and is portable by default.
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Re: A good, portable C++ IDE

Postby zed0 » Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:40 am UTC

Code::Blocks has a stable version for Linux and Windows and a slightly less stable version for OS X, it should be compatible with cygwin or MinGW on Windows allowing you to write pretty much the same code for Linux and Windows.
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Re: A good, portable C++ IDE

Postby Thomas18 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:09 pm UTC

RoadieRich wrote:
Woopate wrote:Hey there,
I've been tinkering with C++ in my downtime at work lately. But I've been using DevCpp Portable 4.9.9.2 revision 4. Which I've heard is deprecated. I'm looking for a new IDE that I can run from a USB drive on Windows systems. I have no internet access at work save my phone, so that's also a potential limitation.

It does not have to be an IDE, it could be separate
Compiler and text editor etc. The chief requirement is runnable from a USB drive.

Any thoughts?

Both cygwin and mingw have portable versions. If the editors in those (vi and nano are included (I think), others can be installed) aren't enough, notepad++ is pretty good, and is portable by default.


Notepad++ also does the job, I would say.
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Re: A good, portable C++ IDE

Postby Markus__1 » Fri Mar 02, 2012 4:54 pm UTC

Woopate wrote:But I've been using DevCpp Portable 4.9.9.2 revision 4. Which I've heard is deprecated.


The Dev-C++ Portable Sourceforge page points to Orwell Dev-C++ as the maintained version.
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Re: A good, portable C++ IDE

Postby ekolis » Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:59 am UTC

How about Eclipse? It's primarily geared toward Java developers, but there's a C/C++ IDE as well.
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Re: A good, portable C++ IDE

Postby Tynach » Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:40 am UTC

If you want a raw text editor, I've found Kate to be amazing. Yes it depends on all those pesky KDE libraries (large install size if you use Gnome, or if you're on Mac/Windows), but overall it is fully cross-platform now.

For a full IDE, I've been using Eclipse. It is a little slow at times (as it parses your files as you type to look for errors), but on the whole it's a really nice and full-featured IDE for pretty much any language.
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Re: A good, portable C++ IDE

Postby jendral_hxr » Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:00 pm UTC

mingw32 and Programmer's Notepad. The reason I pick Programmer's Notepad over Notepad++ is because it works with makefiles better.

If you are Qt guy, seizing few hundreds MB from your USB drive from minimalistic installation of Qt SDK won't really hurt anyway.
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Re: A good, portable C++ IDE

Postby Wukl » Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:59 pm UTC

I use NetBeans. It can be made portable easily and includes lots of languages. And, it's small too, for such a big IDE.
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