Recommended C Compilers for Windows

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    Recommended C Compilers for Windows

    LCC doesnt handle 8-byte int types very well, and cygwin just gives me a bunch of undefined references when the file is listed explicity in their include libraries. Is this problem unique to me or does cygwin malfunction on windows 2000?
    Any free alternatives would be greatly appreciated.

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    Dev-C++ is fairly popular (cygwin not required).

    gg

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    Pelles C
    http://www.smorgasbordet.com/pellesc/

    Pelles C for Windows is a complete development kit for Windows and Pocket PC. It contains among other things an optimizing C compiler, a linker, a resource compiler, a message compiler, a make utility and install builders for both Windows and Pocket PC.

    It also contains an integrated development environment (IDE) with project management, debugger, source code editor and resource editors for dialogs, menus, string tables, accelerator tables, bitmaps, icons, cursors, animated cursors, animation videos (AVI's without sound), versions and XP manifests.

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    I think you need to slow down and think about what you're doing, rather than going on a search for a new compiler every time you come across some small difficulty.
    If you dance barefoot on the broken glass of undefined behaviour, you've got to expect the occasional cut.
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    Pellec c is based on lcc, and lcc had also serious performance problems. Dont know how this is with pellesc since pelle did some tweaking of the compiler. The problem with devcpp is that its buggy. And its debugger is very very buggy. But from all free ones i prever to use devcpp.

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    Don't confuse the IDE with the tools it uses - that is, GNU's gcc, g++, gdb, ect....

    gcc/g++ is the best, free compiler in my opinion.

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    Gcc is great since it supports so many languages which all work well together.
    The only tradeoff is that gcc does not generate always very efficient code and lages behind ICC about ~10% in generat execution speed...

    However, by far the best free one!

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