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    OK OK OK, I need to know this one. I have been using a console compiler (DJGPP) and I've been thinking about going to a windows compiler, to color text etc. When someone says windows compiler, does that mean the compiler runs on windows or what? Is Borland a windows compiler, I mean can It display images and stuff?

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    I'd say that a windows compiler produced Win32 PE executables and provides the libraries you need to access the Windows API functions.

    That's what I would expect personally....others may have other ideas.

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    Microsoft Visual C++ makes Windows programs and it runs in Windows. It's the only windows compiler I've used. It gets access to the Windows functions via windows.h

    I agree with Fordy. Any compiler that can create Windows applications is a Windows compiler. There are for example cross-compilers that run in windows, but generate executable code that runs on an imbedded processor. I would not call these Windows compilers.

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    Perhaps he meant "Window compiler".

    It is very easy to create windowed applications using Borland C++ Builder.
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    more compilers?

    So, if I bought Borland, I could make windows programs, with colors etc.
    (good question for magos!)

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    dont 'buy' borland.

    if you are going to buy any compiler, buy MSVC++. nearly all of the others you can get for free somewhere.
    I came up with a cool phrase to put down here, but i forgot it...

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    The borland you get for free doesnt have all the exras of the one you purchase...so I guess it is worth purchasing....I cant really commit as I have never tried it, but I know people who do and many think its a very good tool....I've used other Borland tools in the past and I found them to be very good

    My main compiler was always VC++6....but recently I have done everything in CodeWarrior......which is a very good compiler IMO and well worth a buying

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    IS there a windows version of CodeWarrior?

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    Originally posted by face_master
    IS there a windows version of CodeWarrior?
    CodeWarrior

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    OK...

    Alright, so 1st of all, (this is probably very stupid) what is VC whatever it's called. Can it compile windows apps? Can someone tell answer this. Next Question, in my compiler I can include windows.h but all of the functions of windows h aren't defined. I can't color text use sleep, PlaySound, or anything. Can someone tell me where to get a new windows.h file or what the problem is? thx

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    Re: OK...

    Originally posted by Stan100
    Alright, so 1st of all, (this is probably very stupid) what is VC whatever it's called. Can it compile windows apps? Can someone tell answer this. Next Question, in my compiler I can include windows.h but all of the functions of windows h aren't defined. I can't color text use sleep, PlaySound, or anything. Can someone tell me where to get a new windows.h file or what the problem is? thx
    You cant use a header if it wasnt intended for your compiler....adding just a header will not do.

    VC is Visual C++ - it produces Windows programs just fine as does Borland Builder, DevC++ and Codewarrior for Windows to name but 3. Devc++ is downloadable for free.

    Do a search to get it

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    What compiler? You may need to link in the libraries.

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