Which IDE is the best?

I'm currently updating and rebuilding a few libraries I wrote years ago, and my software and even software of some of my customers is depending on. To ensure the widest possible compatibility, I'm using for that a quite range of IDEs: Visual Studio 6, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013, Code::Blocks, XCode 2, 3, 4, 5 and even raw make files. It's not that easy, because not every IDE works on every operating system anymore. But my experience so far is this, surprisingly:

Visual Studio 6 is still the best and fastest of all of those. In my opinion. It gets its job done, it has a clean user interface without all the clutter, and it is incredible fast. Don't get me wrong, I really like Visual Studio 2012 - some its new features are impressive - but an IDE which simply gets out of the way, lets me do my job, and doesn't require tons of memory just to start up - like Visual Studio 6 - is also a very nice-to-have.

six comments, already:

Compared to Eclipse all of these are lightning fast…
xaos - 07 03 14 - 08:44

Wait… there are still people using VS 6? I thought it didn’t even run on Windows >= Vista.
Anyway, with this set of choices I’d go with plain make files. Different strokes for different folks.
Michi - 07 03 14 - 12:40

VS 6 is fast an lean. Nevertheless it’s a pain in the *ss when it comes to modern C++, for example when using Boost libs.

I see the benefits of VS 6. Yet I’m wondering when you’ll drop the support for it. Coding becomes so much more fun when legacy issues fade away. :)
hermitC () (link) - 07 03 14 - 13:53

Personally, I dropped support for it, but some customers still use it, apparently.. :)
niko - 09 03 14 - 08:34

It needs some setup, but best ‘let-me-do-my-job’ ide is sublime :)

Text editor at first glance, IDE after configuring it. Though, not as hard as vim – it even is with a GUI ;)

Though, going that way will require custom build files like e.g. makefile’s.
matthias - 10 03 14 - 16:24

QtCreator is good too.
siavashserver - 28 03 14 - 12:06


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