The Very First Preview of New NetBeans C/C++ Pack

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This is cool... the very first preview of the C/C++ pack is available. Right now it contains very basic support of C/C++, but more will be coming soon - the Sun Studio guys have a prototype which does many of the java features such as code completion, code folding and navigator. I've seen this prototype being demoed couple months ago and all this great stuff will appear in NetBeans code base, yay!

So NetBeans will have first class support for C/C++, it may take a while, but shorter than you would normally expect, because lots of the code can be reused from Sun Studio. The original Sun Studio works only on Linux and Solaris so there's a lot of work with making it work on Windows as well (which is not a Java issue but a compiler issue). I've tried to install the pack and here's a screenshot:

The very first features of the C/C++ pack are appearing...

Now I will install Cygwin and try to make the compilers work on WinXP, hopefully I will be able to write a simple step-by-step guide how to make it work - it doesn't seem to be explained on the project website. Or maybe I'll just reboot to Linux or Solaris on my notebook and everything work out of box, I hope ;)

One last important thing... you can download the pack from the project download page. Make sure to provide feedback to the c/c++ guys on the users@cnd.netbeans.org mailing list!

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Comments ( 6 )
  • Cristian Friday, March 10, 2006
    Hi Roumen
    I think it'd be better if the NetBeans team focus on Java development, and not to port C/C++ development (or any other language) to the IDE.
    NetBeans is a great tool, I'm a very big fan of it. I'm just leaving out this message to express my opinion about it :)
    See you
  • Roumen Friday, March 10, 2006
    Don't worry, we're still focused on Java. These modules are actually dony mostly by people working on Sun Studio, so NetBeans team itself won't slow innovating with the Java support ;) More languages supported in NetBeans fit with our vision statement. You know many people write JNI code so it's quite natural if NetBeans will support C/C++.
  • Roumen Friday, March 10, 2006
    This is the URL... grrr buggy blogs.sun.com: http://www.netbeans.org/community/releases/vision.html
  • Sidharth Kuruvila Friday, March 10, 2006

    This is great news. Being a netbeans user, I'd love to be able to code in c/c++ within netbeans. Will give this a shot first thing tomorrow morning.

    I have one question, is this a plugin or is it a standalone app?

    btw both the links in your post seem to point to the download page.

  • Roumen Friday, March 10, 2006
    First link fixed... thanks. So these modules are available as an add-on pack, which means as a set of modules with their own installer. It is very similar as how Mobility pack is done.
  • Giuliano Friday, March 10, 2006
    yeah!! Great News!
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