CSCI 1200 Data Structures
Fall 2012
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C++ Development Environments


You probably already have Cygwin on your laptop as part of the RCS default installation. What is it? It's a UNIX environment for the Windows Operating System. You can do all of your work for this class using Cygwin, g++, and a text editor such as Emacs (in other words, you don't need to use Visual Studio). Read more about Cygwin here: NOTE: The default installation of Cygwin does not include all of the packages you will use this semester. If you are missing some packages, re-run the setup.exe installer, and search and click to enable installation of "g++", "ssh", and "zip". Upgrading is much faster than the original installation.

Plaintext & Code Viewers/Editors

For those of you interested in running the Emacs text editor on your Windows OS, you can download the binaries and access documentation here:

Other text editors you may want to consider include:

  • VI
  • Vim
  • Textmate (commercial, OSX only)
  • E-texteditor (commercial, windows only)
  • Gedit
  • Programmer's Notepad (windows only)
  • notepad++ (windows only)
Important Note: The use and display of "newlines" in plaintext files is not standardized on UNIX/linux platforms vs. Windows. There are several characters that are used to represent end-of-line/carriage return. We will always used '\n' (newline) in this course. This is the UNIX/linux way. Please do not use '\m' or '\r' in this course, it won't match the output we are expecting on the homework server. In order to examine the provided code & sample output & your own output, you'll want to make sure you find a text viewer/editor that shows newlines.

C++ IDEs (Integrated Development Environments)

Here are a few C++ development environments (similar to Visual Studio) that can be used with the gcc compilers: