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Sourcery CodeBench for ARM worth buying?

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Gday all,

So I'm just kicking off in ARM development (STM32 M0 and M4F disco boards are in the mail.)

So it seems you can download the lite G++ from Sourcery and do an install with Eclipse IDE.

But then Sourcery are offering their Eclipse based IDE in a personal edition for $200, which isn't bad for an IDE.

However I'm stuck to find out what this really gives you over following one of the install guides and doing a free install. :-\ 

Is it worth the $200?

Any experiences would be great.

If you're just starting out, definitely not.

If you are only using it for personal use and want the convenience of not having to deal with GCC+Eclipse+OpenOCD yourself, I would suggest a personal (non-commercial) license to Rowley Crossworks.  It supports a crapload of different JTAG/SWD programmers and just about every ARM variant there is.  It's $150.

Otherwise try to get a Eclipse+GCC+OpenOCD toolchain going.

Or try one of the crippled (code size limited) GCC + Eclipse packages that support the STM32, like Atollic Truestudio.

Another free possibility is CooCox http://www.embest-tech.com/coocox/ with GNU Tools for ARM Embedded Processors https://launchpad.net/gcc-arm-embedded/

CooCox was bought in 2011 by Embest, a Farnell company. The GNU Tools are affiliated with Linaro and partially sponsored by ARM.

Beyond the price, CooCox is a true embedded IDE based on Eclipse. I'm not sure how well the Eclipse plug-ins work but it may be worth a try.


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