I’ve been fooling around with an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) called Eclipse. It’s a cross-platform environment that uses the Gnu family of compilers and debuggers. I have mine set up to recognize Java, C/C++, and Fortran. Sadly, I can’t get the Fortran environment to launch the debugger, so I can write Fortran programs, but then I have to go outside of the IDE to execute them. I could fool around with it a little more and try to get it to work, but I think I’ll just switch to C instead. I have lots of documentation and some experience (certain more recent experience with C than with Fortran!). I just thought it would have been cool to write some Fortran code again.

Why, you may ask, am I using Eclipse rather than Xcode, the wonderful Mac OS development environment that comes free with OS X? I dunno – I just don’t feel like climbing the Mac (or Windows, for that matter) GUI learning curve just to do some programming for fun. So, it’s command line for me, and that means Eclipse. Besides, Eclipse also seems to be a good platform for writing Java Widgets. That might be fun. I just need to get a good Java book and a good idea and go wild.

Anyway, stay tuned for a simple little program or two.

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