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    Any alternative?

    1. Does any FOSS C++ compiler for OS MS Windows (XP especially) exist?
    2. If yes, which one? How much is it popular and good?
    3. Is it possible to write in C++ the portable window applications, which can be compiled for Windows as well as for Linux?
    4. I have some databases on MS Access with form, queries, reports. Is it possible to rewrite them in C++? Or which free compiler/ language does better suit for it?

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    1. Yes.
    2. MinGW. The Dev-C++ and Code::Blocks environments use it.
    3. Yes, but you'll need a portable GUI library, like wxWidgets, which wraps the Windows and Linux libraries.
    4. You'll need a database library. I don't know of any though.

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    > 1. Does any FOSS C++ compiler for OS MS Windows (XP especially) exist?
    Huh?
    Is this some university bastardised version of C++?

    > 2. If yes, which one? How much is it popular and good?
    Why learn some dialect when you'll find the standard one so much better, both in the amount of support you can get while learning, and it's usefulness if you're looking for a job.

    > 3. Is it possible to write in C++ the portable window applications
    Yes, there are several GUI toolkits which run on both.

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    > 1. Does any FOSS C++ compiler for OS MS Windows (XP especially) exist?
    Huh?
    Is this some university bastardised version of C++?
    FOSS = Free and Open Source Software

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    Thanks anonytmouse! I was wondering what FOSS meant too x.x.
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