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I'm newbie to C programming and I'm trying to choose the best IDE for C coding in Windows.

Based on my researches these are the best ones:

  • Visual Studio
  • Qt Creator
  • Code::Blocks
  • Eclipse
  • NetBeans

So far I've figured out that Visual Studio is the best choice for Windows because it:

  • is not that heavy
  • supports adding new plugins and extensions
  • has a user friendly UI
  • has a toolkit to make GUIs

Anyway, I would like to know your practical experiences about the best IDE for working with C programming? Also a comparison between existing IDEs would be great.

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Qt Creator is only good if working with Qt. If you don´t want to be limited to Windows only, Code Block is a good solution. Eclipse is good if you program not only in C but also Java, so you have 1 IDE for both languages. Eclipse is cross-platform as well.

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  • Welcome! If you can provide links to your recommendations, they will greatly improve your answer. Thanks, and again, welcome! Dec 29 '21 at 9:19
  • Why links? He already knows the IDEs just asking which is the best.
    – convert
    Dec 29 '21 at 10:54
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    SE is a community, and quality answers help everyone, not just the OP. Dec 30 '21 at 8:39

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