c++ ide: Codeblocks cross-platform and apparently highly accessible

  • From: Alex Midence <alex.midence@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: programmingblind <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 23:21:09 -0500

Hi, folks,

Been messing around with Code Blocks which is an Ide for c++.  So far,
I'm finding it quite accessible.  The menus all behave themselves with
Jaws as do the dialogs though they like ctrl tab as the hot key
instead of plain old tab for most of them.  I was able to use the text
editor and compile my application and read the output on the console.
Thing is, as soem of you may remember, I've still very much a novice
at c++.  I'd like to know if any more experienced c++ programmers have
had any experience with this IDE.  It looks great.  Does all sorts of
stuff and feels very user friendly.  More so, I dare say, than visual
studio did.  It's free and open source and comes either by itself or
bundled with the latest version of the MinGw version of the gnu c++
compiler.  It also detected my cl. exe compiler that came with visual
studio express.  You can apparently use multiple compilers with this
thing pretty easily.  Any thoughts?  Here is the link to download in
case anyone is interested:


Here's a feature list for anyone interested.  I just copied it from
their site.  A bunch of this stuff is still a bit advanced for me

•Open Source! GPLv3, no hidden costs.
•Cross-platform. Runs on Linux, Mac, Windows (uses wxWidgets).
•Written in C++. No interpreted languages or proprietary libs needed.
•Extensible through plugins

•Multiple compiler support:

◦GCC (MingW / GNU GCC)
◦Digital Mars
◦Borland C++ 5.5
◦Open Watcom
◦...and more
•Very fast custom build system (no makefiles needed)
•Support for parallel builds (utilizing your CPU's extra cores)
•Multi-target projects
•Workspaces to combine multiple projects
•Inter-project dependencies inside workspace
•Imports MSVC projects and workspaces (NOTE: assembly code not supported yet)
•Imports Dev-C++ projects

•Interfaces GNU GDB
•Also supports MS CDB (not fully featured)
•Full breakpoints support:
◦Code breakpoints
◦Data breakpoints (read, write and read/write)
◦Breakpoint conditions (break only when an expression is true)
◦Breakpoint ignore counts (break only after certain number of hits)
•Display local function symbols and arguments
•User-defined watches (support for watching user-defined types through
•Call stack
•Custom memory dump
•Switch between threads
•View CPU registers

•Syntax highlighting, customizable and extensible
•Code folding for C++ and XML files.
•Tabbed interface
•Code completion
•Class Browser
•Smart indent
•One-key swap between .h and .c/.cpp files
•Open files list for quick switching between files (optional)
•External customizable "Tools"
•To-do list management with different users
And many more features provided through plugins!

Build system
Code::Blocks implements a custom build system with very important
features: ultra-fast dependencies generation, build queues and
parallel builds are the most important ones to mention.  Debugging
The debugging subsystem has been greatly enhanced in the latest
version. Automatic/manual watches, code/data breakpoints, call stack,
disassembly listing and memory dumps are only few of its features.

Alex M
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