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Author Topic: Why does Pelles IDE have such a low profile on the web? /Introducing myself  (Read 239 times)

Offline Drewan

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Hello,


From my point of view I ask the question above because it took a lot of seeking and searching on the web to find a mention and recommend for Pelles C.


There are numerous sites listing and recommending IDEs, big and small – and even on most of the ‘top 50’ type sites for IDEs there is no mention of Pelles C. I eventually found you here only because of an obscure mention in a comment by someone on a question about lightweight IDEs – so obscure that I can’t relocate it! I believe I found PC after I found out that Eclipse and similar are written in Java, and clunky and bug ridden by the fact of that; so I started looking for a lightweight IDE written in C. (The Wikipedia page covering IDEs for C/C++ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_integrated_development_environments#C/C++  has a '?' against 'Written in' for the language Pelles C is written in).


Perhaps it is not important that Pelles C is more known in the IDE field?
 
Anyway, I am glad I found  Pelles C to try, and I look forward to using it at the start of my journey with learning C programming.
 
[From 1985-87 I was a COBOL programmer for a multinational – but then moved into systems analysis, feasibility studies and quality assurance for project/feasibility studies  in IT. I only moved away from programming for the reason that the career route was limited for programmers in those days; the alternative I chose was a fast track to higher paid positions].
 
A part of me has always regretted the move from the thoroughness and detail to the more abstract overview of things. So in my retirement years I want to go back and learn about programming in a more thorough way].
 
Thank you for Pelles C, and for this forum.

Offline aardvajk

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I believe I found PC after I found out that Eclipse and similar are written in Java, and clunky and bug ridden by the fact of that; so I started looking for a lightweight IDE written in C. (The Wikipedia page covering IDEs for C/C++ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_integrated_development_environments#C/C++  has a '?' against 'Written in' for the language Pelles C is written in).
Look at the bug report section, Pelles C also has lots of active bugs. The difference between those IDEs and Pelles C though is that bugs in those are likely to be fixed. Pelle himself seems to have stopped caring about his creation. Not that he can really be blamed for such, lots of work for presumably minimal compensation would eventually lead even the most altruistic to think "Why bother?"

While it doesn't really matter what you use for learning since C is C regardless of IDE, the fact that there's only about two people on the web who care about this product any more isn't great for when you inevitably have some sort of problem, IDE or code.

Offline PaoloC13

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I also think that Pelles C has a too low web profile, considering its good characteristics and it seems a waste for a great job. I like to write C code for Windows on a light and easy IDE, really I don't know best alternative to Pelles C.

Offline Drewan

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While it doesn't really matter what you use for learning since C is C regardless of IDE, the fact that there's only about two people on the web who care about this product any more isn't great for when you inevitably have some sort of problem, IDE or code.

aardvajk: I can see that if hardly anyone here cares (is caring for) Pelles C then why would the wider world care.


I also recognise the point you make about the bugs in Pelles C: it reflects un-professionalism in an application if these are not being addressed.


Both of the above do negate the great worth Pelles C has as a 'light and easy IDE' (as PaoloC13 put it) for C programming in Windows.


I have downloaded and installed Pelles C and will, when I start coding, explore it. In the meantime, for my starter requirements of something simple, I am also looking at greatly extendable code text editors like Atom and the like (all with C compiler and numerous other packages/plugins) after reading: https://www.codementor.io/mattgoldspink/best-text-editor-atom-sublime-vim-visual-studio-code-du10872i7
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