Dev-C++ one of the best Opensource GPL based IDE,discontinued.Last two years this IDE is not updated & no news of developement.I've asked on comp.lang.c++ group about this i came to know that a new port wxdevcpp is taking over this IDE.Do you have any information about the current developement or work behind devcpp,please post it here.if it is not discontinued please let me know.
So let me tell you about this compiler : Devcpp was only free compiler & It was the only alternatives in the days where proprietory products survived.For newcomers there are very few options available right now,while learning C++.Some of the alternatives are :
1. Turbo Explorer C++,it is free but contain lot of borland specific functions,so new developers tend to defer from standard specifications like (borland function) conio.h used to pause screen,where u can use system function with cstlib.h.You get addicted to borland specific functions.This make so much diffrence. Also turbo explorer can't let you add third party components & you can't install any other component & another turbo product on same system.
2. Visual C++ express,it is good but it is windows specific,so if you are dual booting between win/linux then your programs are not portable.It's good not to use MS when you have cross-platform plans in mind.
3.Digital mars & Openwatcom are less popular due to complex compiler issues like compiling & debugging.
Dev-C++ was used by many game developers in thier game for back-end design.It is good Compiler.As it uses mingw so you can create proprietory apps with package manager with it,also with devpaks concept you can add pre-compiled library files to your dev-c++ installation.There are many features of dev-c++ but due to lack of developement by author it's lifecycle is over.Dev-c++ was designed in delphi.Source is available on Cd-rom (or even sourceforge maybe).All i want is survival of this small & handy compiler.
Another branch of devcpp is wxdevc++ which focuses on wxwidgets and RAD designer.it is very huge downlaod & not suitable for newcomers in programming.It is good for wxports developement but it isn't for the newprogrammers.Most of the heavy developement is done in wxdevcpp,and i guess author of devcpp is seeding his efforts on it.
So i have few questions:
1. Is Wxdevcpp a good choice for newcomers in programming?
2.is it worth to download huge program just to learn cpp/c or opengl?
What do you think is it good idea for any delphi user to continue with source of devcpp in the future or let it die.