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Re: Looking for help getting started with GNU

From: Riccardo Mottola
Subject: Re: Looking for help getting started with GNU
Date: Mon, 02 Aug 2010 23:12:08 +0200
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I am an experienced programmer, but mostly with high level languages. With
C, the language is not a problem, but the environment can be.

I have a windows xp system, and I have just downloaded and executed the
following files:


I'm not really sure what to do next. Is there an editor in there, or do I
just use notepad? Once I've written my code, how do I actually compile it?
By the way, I am perfectly comfortable with batch file programming. I
suspect I have everything I need to get started. But I wonder if someone
might be willing to talk me through the process of actually compiling my
first program in this new environment. Let's start with something simple,
like printing the alphabet. If I want to do anything more complicated than
that, I'm sure I can find all the online reference materials I need.
I think you want to read about our examples on the gnustep wiki and on the gnustep website, the examples we provide will help you. There are graphical examples like the "Currency converter". Once you grasp the differences (especially if you decide to write makefiles yourself), then you can check also simple OpenStep or Cocoa examples that can be found around the net.

You may also have a look at the "GSTest" application for gui works. Or at the various base tests for command-line only tools

you may edit with vi or with any gnustep application.

Please note that with the windows installer you used, you installed the core tools, the mingw layer and the frameworks, but no actual applications itself. You need to download, build and install them by hand, exactly as you would on a unix system. "make install" shall be enough. I suggest you to install ProjectCenter and Gorm.


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