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satisfied customer + RFC
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject: satisfied customer + RFC
- From: Robert Roos <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 22 Apr 99 16:37:44 -0400
- Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org
About a year ago I installed B19, along with the latest egcs update and the
"coolview" dll, on each hard disk in a lab full of Windows NT machines.
PURPOSE: create a lab environment for teaching C++ to an introductory
computer science class. The system worked fine for two semesters; my
colleagues and I are pretty happy with it. We don't use file servers; each
disk has all the software on it. Students use diskettes or ftp for storage.
For the coming year I've installed B20 and the latest coolview dll. I'm
gratified that there's now a "less" command. I assume there's no real need
for me to install egcs, since the compiler seems to work on all the programs
I've tested it on. "Gdb" seems to be usable once you get past the annoying
line number error messages, but I haven't given it a thorough test.
LINGERING COMPLAINTS: Still no "script" command (would be unnecessary, I
suppose, if I could get scrolling turned on in the Cygwin window!). Would
like a better debugger. The string class is incompatible with ifstream and
ofstream (e.g., "string s; ifstream in; cin >> s; in.open(s);" doesn't work).
REQUEST FOR COMMENTS: the disk build is nearly complete; I'd like to change
it as little as possible. But I'd sure like to have a "script" command and a
good (maybe visual?) debugger. I don't know Tcl/Tk, but IF the tcl/tk stuff
is already there in the cygwin distribution and there's a visual debugger
that I could download and install with minimum effort, I'd learn it. Anything
else simple I ought to add? (We've got vi and emacs.) (Remember--this is for
an INTRO programming class. We don't need ssh and VC++ compatibility and
....) Is there a good reason to install the latest egcs if my programs from
last year are working okay under B20? Also, before anyone suggests it, yes,
we've looked at environments like Code Warrior, etc. Right now our labs are
in a state of flux, so we're taking the Gnu route for the time being.
And can somebody tell me what coolview does? I can't tell any difference
with or without the coolview stuff; I just know that the web pages say it's a
"must have" add-on, but without really explaining what it does.
Thanks. Apologies in advance for faqs or dumb questions.
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