after fiddling around with c++ express, i found it all based on the blasted .net platform which i do not want to get involved with. i wish someone had warned me.
so what's the best c++ compiler that enables me to create non .net windows 64bit (or 32 if there is no alternatives) applications? visual studio 6 comes to mind, but will the compiler be upgraded to 64bit :hmmmm: Perhaps there is a better solution?
also is there a windows api guide for c++ programmers like the one for visual basic programmers here: http://allapi.mentalis.org/vbtutor/iapi2.shtml
which essentially is an application that covers all the api functions and provides worked code examples of each?