Hi, all. I will be working with the XEM3010 to create a GUI control interface for my custom circuit interfaced to the XEM3010 (need to send data to the FPGA to configure the circuit and construct a image by reading the data from the memory on the XEM3010). I had a few questions for those who have experience with the FrontPanel API/DLL.
First, some background… I have a little bit of experience using swing for Java for one of my programming classes. But I need to work with C/C++ for this project. I have a little bit of C/C++ experience (took AP CompSci in highschool and a few CS courses in college), but have never designed a GUI in C/C++ before.
The questions I had were:
What IDE should I use? Seems like Visual C++ is preferred, but I do not have a copy of the full version. Are there any limitations that I should be concerned with if I were to use Visual C++ Express? Or are there other recommendations (such as mingw + eclipse + wxwidgets)?
Are there certain versions of the various softwares above that works better than others? For example, which version of VC++ has the least amount of problems (if any)?
I read on the forums that Opal Kelly may be moving completely to FrontPanel DLL instead of API. Are there any adv/disadv to using one over the other?
Much thanks in advance!