Quincy is freeware
open-source. It is a simple programming environment for C/C++ on
Windows. It contains an editor, a compiler, a debugger, and graphics
and GUI toolkits.
Because of it's simple interface, Quincy is ideal for learning C or C++
With integrated support for
FLTK and the FLUID GUI builder, Quincy is also a rapid application
development (RAD) tool for Windows GUI programs.
predecessor, Quincy 2002,
the Quincy 2005 IDE and its source code are available free, without
Al Stevens originally produced Quincy to accompany a C++ tutorial book
and as a project for the C Programming column of Dr. Dobb's Journal.
Quincy is named after Al Stevens' daughter's cat.
Quincy 2005 makes it easy to use the MinGW
C/C++ compiler, and the GDB debugger.
With Quincy you can develop Console C or C++ applications, Win32 GUI
applications, DLLs, or static
libraries. Quincy 2005 offers WinBGIm
graphics (for simple 2D
graphics) and FLTK
applications (to build graphical
user interfaces). The included koolplot 2D
plotting library is of special value to scientists and engineers.
Version 1.3 now
works with VISTA
(Installing/uninstalling requires administrator priviledges).
Version 1.3 also works on Windows 7 but was only briefly tested (Installing/uninstalling requires administrator priviledges). Email the maintainer (address at bottom of page) and describe any problem you encounter running Quincy 2005 on Windows 7.
Version 1.3 is portable (runs from USB).
here for a Quincy screen dump
Quincy 2005 (Version 1.3, 05 Feb 2008, about 18 MB)
Click on the setup file and follow the instructions on screen to
install. This release contains all the components mentioned above.
(No other downloads are needed!)
Issues with version 1.3
Scrolling through source code using the mouse thumbwheel is not supported.
Credits to Ethan Aronoff for mentioning that thumbwheel scrolling in Quincy can be enabled by installing the small free utility WizMouse from Antibody Software.
Progressing beyond Quincy
If after a while Quincy appears too basic for you and you would like more sophisticated features, try CodeBlocks-EP.
Code::Blocks-EP is a free portable IDE with the same pre-installed graphics libraries as Quincy and then some. It has the same focus on making it easy for users to develop their C and C++ skills.
Code::Blocks-EP is more complex and not as comfortable as Quincy as a first programming IDE, but it is better suited to the development of programs composed of several modules in C or a number of classes in C++.
Visual C++ project (version 1.3, built with
V-Studio .NET 2003, about 260KB)
This is needed only if you want to recompile Quincy.
Quincy is a MFC application. It requires Visual C++ in order to
Archive version 1.2