Need advice on an IDE for autotools and C++

James Freer at
Sun Sep 2 09:56:43 UTC 2012

On Sat, 1 Sep 2012, Kevin O'Gorman wrote:

> On Sat, Sep 1, 2012 at 1:45 AM, James Freer < at> wrote:
>> On Sat, 1 Sep 2012, John D Lamb wrote:
>>> On 01/09/12 03:37, Kevin O'Gorman wrote:
>>>> I have a project that I dropped 10 years ago or so, and now that I'm
>>>> retired I want to go back to it.
>>>> I want it to use autotools, and the existing code is C++.  I was never
>>>> really expert in either one.  I don't expect to become so.  I'm hoping
>>>> to muddle through with the help of some IDE or other.  I could use
>>>> suggestions.
>>>> Anybody know a good one?
>>> I use emacs. But I suspect it’s not really an IDE in the sense you are
>>> thinking of.
>>> Try eclipse. It’s well developed and incorporates debugging facilities.
>>> I haven’t checked if you can substitute ‘make’ for g++, which is what
>>> you need for autotools. I’d be surprised if you can’t.
>>> --
>>> John D Lamb
>> Bluefish? Mature app receiving constant development. I'm learning emacs as i
>> wnat to use one app for most of my needs but it's a learning curve. Bluefish
>> is straight forward and could well be to your liking.
> Bluefish?  It bills itself as an HTML editor, not an IDE.  Has
> something changed?
> -- 
> Kevin O'Gorman

Sorry my mistake perhaps depending on how one's categorising an IDE. Nano is 
called an IDE in one place - i'd say it isn't. As an easy to use editor i'd call 
Bluefish one as it's such a competent editor... if that's to your taste.

Why use an IDE as the code produced often isn't what one would like - thus use a 
well tried and tested programmer editor like vim or emacs. I've started using 
emacs for my word editing for several magazines i write for which emacs is an 
ideal tool - the screen conveniently increments a 1/2 which is exceptionally 
useful. Only other editor to do that i know is pico.

Ok i'm wrong.


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