You may be tempted to recommend Dev-C++ to a beginner, or you may be a beginner tempted to use it.
It's 2011. Dev-C++ is not in development since 2005. Its latest version is a beta, and as you code, its beta status will be felt. Here is a short list of why a beginner should not use Dev-C++, and why he will not miss it after no longer being a beginner. Of course, this is also a list of reasons why competent and advanced coders should not use it. (Update March 28 2012: Here's an additional opinion from way back in 2008.)