Electronic Design

Open-Source IDE Supports C/C++

The open-source integrated development environment (IDE) from the Eclipse Project now supports C and C++ development. The Eclipse Workbench IDE, written in Java, initially supported Java development. The C/C++ plug-in is the first major language addition to the platform. The Eclipse Workbench environment and architecture resemble Microsoft's Visual Studio. Frameworks are provided for debugger, compiler, and scripting support. Plug-ins provide language support. Some existing plug-ins include the Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT). The C/C++ plug-in for the Eclipse Workbench currently supports standard Linux tools like the GCC compiler and the GDB debugger. Software can be downloaded from www.eclipse.org.

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