best C++ compiler

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    best C++ compiler

    I'm just beginning to learn C++ and was wondering what compiler you guys would suggest. I'm using borland 5.02 at the moment and it hasn't been giving me troubles but of course I really haven't done anything particularly complicated with it yet.

    So far I've also seen DJGPP and Bloodshed. What are your guys' feelings on these two? Or Visual C++ 6? The price wouldn't be incredably outrageous since I can buy it from the school but of course it has to be justifyable. Others?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Whenever I have to develop for Windows (gasp) I prefer the Borland products. The only thing I've seen with Visual Studio that I wish Borland would implement is the auto-capitalization of variables and commands based on their declarations.

    Then again, maybe I'm just biased against M$.

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    Someone named LinuxGeek who's biased against MS? Nooooo....

    The simple answer is - there is no best compiler. It all comes down to what you prefer. I prefer Dev-C++ because it's free and it does what I need well. If I were willing to spend money, I'd probably check out MSVC++, too.

    > auto-capitalization of variables

    That might be good for you, but what about vars that you don't want capitalized.

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    It only changes the capitalization to match way you declared them.

    I can't believe I'm defending an M$ product . . .

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    Auto-capitalization? You mean in VB? Whatever.
    I started using Borland when I first programmed and made the move to VC++ and hated it. Now every compiler I try I compare to the features of VC++. I like it best. Although, I've been doing Java lately and using JBuilder and I must say I like it very much compared to the old J++ from MS, so I would like to try C++ Builder soon. For me it's more the IDE that makes the difference. DevC++ is good for beginners but lacks the many features that the $$ expensive compilers have.
    I picked up VStudio from my school for $35 so I couldn't pass it up.

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    Note to self: Apply to tgm's school...

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    It's the University of Wisconsin System. Our System made a deal with the devil, I mean Microsoft, so we get very cheap deals.
    you can go here and pick a school to see the deals
    www.wisc.edu/wisc/

    and I'm sorry I lied. the VS package was only $25.

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    Good God!

    Is there any way you can order an extra copy of some of these and send them along?

    (Win XP Pro upgrade, $25, VS 6 Pro, $25, Office XP Pro, FrontPage 2002, Ofiice XP Training, all for $35)

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    Code Warrior is the best compiler... but it retails for abour $400.
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