Re: Any tips?

James Kanze <>
Thu, 14 Mar 2013 10:01:09 -0700 (PDT)
On Wednesday, March 13, 2013 7:55:33 PM UTC, Ian Collins wrote:

James Kanze wrote:


One advantage of popular cross-platform IDE like Eclipse and NetBeans is
they do generate makefiles under the hood and (at least with NetBeans)
those makefiles are designed to support hand editing. The IDE generated
akefiles can also be use to run builds on remote hosts where running an
IDE is impractical.

I'll have to give Eclipse another try. I did try it, and found
that while it might be OK for Java, it didn't handle C++ very
well, and it didn't integrate foreign editors (like vim) very
well (and like most IDE's, it's native editor was shit). That
was a long time ago, however, so those problems might be

Of course, when you've been using makefiles for a while, it
doesn't take much to write a new one; in the simplest cases, you
just define a macro with your sources, and include your master
makefile. And the ones generated by the IDE aren't probably
much use in the more complicated cases, where you have to build
the tool which generates some of your sources. (And of course,
this isn't even possible under VS; a single project can't build
an intermediate .exe needed to build the final .dll.)


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