You can get Visual C++ .NET Standard for about $100. This should be adequate for any personal/individual/educational purposes. The next step-up is Visual Studio for about $1000 (non-acedemic discount), which includes Visual Basic, C#, and J# (???).Which one would be good for me
You can add Visual C++ 2005 Express Beta to that free-list. This is the full Windows IDE program... not a command line interface. If you don't like the Express version, you can get the beta release of Visual Studio Enterprise on a CD for the cost of the postage! (I'm not sure if you can download it.)What you can download from Microsoft, right now, for free:
- the latest and greatest, C/C++ optimizing compiler
- the latest MS C Runtime Library
- the latest MS Standard C++ Library including STL
There is a list of free compilers at TheFreeCountry.com.
6.0 came out in late 1998. Then, they changed their version-numbering scheme and released MSVC++ 2002 .NET.MSVC 6.0... Is that a recent version?