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    Auto-completion for the WINAPI in notepad++

    I would like to use notepad++ for programming application however, I can't find anywhere where I can activate auto-completion (something like IntelliSense for VS) for function specifically in the Windows API
    I think notepad++ is a better option since it faster and very intuitive

    And don't ask me to switch to VS, this IDE is so slow

    Anyone have a idea because I lost lot of time copying structures, functions etc...

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    Re: Auto-completion for the WINAPI in notepad++

    Quote Originally Posted by exploring111 View Post
    I would like to use notepad++ for programming application however, I can't find anywhere where I can activate auto-completion (something like IntelliSense for VS) for function specifically in the Windows API
    I think notepad++ is a better option since it faster and very intuitive

    And don't ask me to switch to VS, this IDE is so slow

    Anyone have a idea because I lost lot of time copying structures, functions etc...
    You're pretty much out of luck expecting the features of a development IDE in an app that isn't designed for development like notepad++.

    Even if you were to get something like intellisense in notepad++, what will you do when it comes to debugging your code?

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    Re: Auto-completion for the WINAPI in notepad++

    There are different IDE's available - eg NetBeans, Eclipse - but the VS IDE is generally considered one of the best.

    See http://alternativeto.net/software/visual-studio/
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    Re: Auto-completion for the WINAPI in notepad++

    ...and if you want a faster and more powerful IntelliSense (and not only), you can buy the Visual Assist tool.
    And of course, that's also for Visual Studio and not for the poor Notepad++.
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    Re: Auto-completion for the WINAPI in notepad++

    Quote Originally Posted by exploring111 View Post
    I think notepad++ is a better option since it faster and very intuitive
    // "faster and intuitive" like anything is so simple that does not make a big deal.
    Definitely, Notepad++ is far away to be a better option.
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