[Geany] Geany as Windoze noob's learning tool

Laurent Hoeltgen hoeltgman at xxxxx
Fri Aug 10 17:59:32 UTC 2012


On 08/10/2012 07:44 PM, Ma Xiaojun wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 11, 2012 at 12:27 AM, Frank Lanitz <frank at frank.uvena.de> wrote:
>> I think you already got a lot of answers but I also want to add my 2ct.
>> Even I understand your idea, I don't think Geany itself should ship any
>> C compiler -- or any other -- with it.
> I still think shipping a compiler makes sense for Windoze.
> Code::Blocks does have MinGW bundled binary for Windoze:
> http://www.codeblocks.org/downloads/binaries
> But you know, C::B is bloated and too complicated for noob, anyway.

No, shipping a compiler with Geany wouldn't make sense. Geany is general
purpose editor. You can use it for many things. HTML, Ruby, gnu octave,
gnuplot or even just plain text. None of these require a compiler. Also,
in my opinion, we should leave the choice of the compiler to the user.
If somebody wants to use a different compiler, he shouldn't have to
install one that comes with his favourite text editor.
For C::B and similar IDE's the situation is a bit different. They are
C/C++ specific editors and it using them without having a compiler
installed beats the purpose of using them in the first place...

>> BUT:
>> I can imagine of a project repackaging Geany for Windows C-starters
>> maybe adding a compiler, some tag-Fils, maybe some C-docuemntation etc.
>> or another idea is like pidgin adding some options to installer to
>> download compiler you need. Unfortunately I'm not this familiar with all
>> that Windowsstuff at that point ....
> Actually I don't use IDEs very often and I run Linux and Mac OS X.
> For various reasons, many uninformed people in my country end up using
> Visual C++ 6.0 or Turbo C 2.0 to learn C/C++ ...
> Geany, IMO, is a promising choice of beginner's IDE after I tried
> Dev-C++ (even new Orwell fork) and Code::Blocks. Sure, it is also good
> for advanced people.
> That's my motivation.
> But it seems that I cannot even Windoze user of Geany here, is it the case?
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