Visual C++ and Visual Studio 2010

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    Visual C++ and Visual Studio 2010

    Hello everybody,

    I was just wondering what the exact difference is between Visual c++ and standard c++ is. Does Visual c++ have all the features and syntax of standard c++, but with some extra Microsoft stuff added on? Or are they really quite different?

    Also, I have Visual Studio 2010 and I want to learn standard c++. Can I write and compile standard c++ programs in Microsoft's Visual Studio 2010? Or will the Visual c++ component intefere with this?

    If so, how can I get started writing and compiling standard c++ programs?

    Thanks a lot for your time. This is probably an easy question, but there is so much information out there...my brain is muddled! With regards to basic syntax, is there a difference? If I learn standard c++ basics, will I essential be learning Visual c++ basic too?
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    MSVC already conforms to the ISO standard for C++, however, like most C++ compilers there are non-standard extensions available for use, I doubt it would be a problem for most newcomers, however if it makes you feel better you can disable them: /Za, /Ze (Disable Language Extensions)

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    Walkthrough: Compiling a Native C++ Program on the Command Line (C++)

    But using the Visual Studio IDE (Integrated Development Environment) is much better. Just create an empty project and add a new C++ file (.cpp) and away you go.

    Walkthrough: Creating a Standard C++ Program (C++)

    More info here:

    Visual C++ Guided Tour

    Just google any problems that crop up. Your first one might be: ‘c++ console closes’.

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    I’m a beginner too and well aware how confusing it can be, so I hope this helps.

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    Brilliant! Thanks for the answers everyone, they were a big help.

    Ha Ha, my first problem is indeed 'c++ console window closes', Michael432000. I shall look for a Console.Readine() type method on google...

    Thanks a lot.

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    I find it very good that a beginner wants to disable non-standard fetures. They only confuse. Console.Readline is not a part of the C++ standard and the console should not force user to close it, since it may be run from the batch, script, whatever. I don't know but there should be an option in the debugger to make it stay open.

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    Visual C++ is simply the name of Microsoft's product that enables you to write ISO C++ programs. So no worries.
    Quote Originally Posted by Adak View Post
    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
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    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

    Outside of your DOS world, your header file is meaningless.

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