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    Is Visual C++ 6.0 any good for development? I just found a Visual Studio 6.0 CD that my father had in his software bag, and he told me he had never used it. I installed it, but I'm not sure how good it would be if I used this, as opposed to Dev-Cpp or a similar compiler. Any suggestions?

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    I use it all the time, originally because I thought the .NET-era compilers were a bit rubbish, but now simply because I can't afford to upgrade.

    You may have trouble installing it under Windows XP though. It'll complain about missing Java Virtual Machine(which is correct, because MS stopped distributing it). It doesn't need Java. Create a file called MSJAVA.DLL in your system32 directory and all should be fine.

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    I use it all the time, originally because I thought the .NET-era compilers were a bit rubbish, but now simply because I can't afford to upgrade.
    Hehe, I think .NET is a bit... err... rubbish as well.

    You may have trouble installing it under Windows XP though. It'll complain about missing Java Virtual Machine(which is correct, because MS stopped distributing it). It doesn't need Java. Create a file called MSJAVA.DLL in your system32 directory and all should be fine.
    When do you think it'll ask for it? I have the JVM installed, as well as VC++6 and it hasn't asked yet, since I've started using it (err this morning).


    By the way, about the "not affording to upgrade" thing, is the express edition too weak for you? It's free from the Microsoft website. However, whenever I download from there, it doesn't work when running the executable file.
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    VC++6 is about 10 years old and completely deficient in terms of standards compliance. It's completely unsupported. You can get Visual C++ 2005 Express for free.

    There is only a single valid reason to use VC++6, and that's to maintain legacy code.
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    The bad part is that because it was developed while the C++ Standard was being discussed before its publication in 1998, there are quite a few language features where it fails to comply with the standard. MS Visual Studio 2005 Express is available at zero price, so if you think that you might need more standards compliance, perhaps the use of advanced template programming, then you should opt for that instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pythonusr View Post
    When do you think it'll ask for it? I have the JVM installed, as well as VC++6 and it hasn't asked yet, since I've started using it (err this morning).
    Oh, well if it hasn't asked for it by now then you're OK (It does when peeps install from an SP2 slipstream of Windows XP, at least...)

    Express is fine, but it doesn't compare to the feature set of previous professional editions. Ideally I'd like to get a nice copy of VS 2003 pro, having a peek at eBay while I write this. The previous notes about C++ incompatibility of version 6 is too true, but if you code only in C, like I do, then all you're interested in is code generation improvements (and there have been some).

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    Hehe... I didn't pay for .NET *whistles*

    Anyways, I installed on SP2, no problems... But, when I install Vista Home Premium, uhg, any problems?

    By the way, completely off topic, Visual C++ 6.0 gives me an error when using:

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    using namespace std;
    In any applications. What's up with this?

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    Anyways, I installed on SP2, no problems... But, when I install Vista Home Premium, uhg, any problems?

    By the way, completely off topic, Visual C++ 6.0 gives me an error when using:

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    using namespace std;
    In any applications. What's up with this?
    Are you including <iostream>? using namespace std doesn't work too well with <iostream.h>.

    Also, are you compiling as C++? That is definitely invalid C.

    It would help to post the error message and a small code segment that generates it.
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    Alright. What is the difference between #include <iostream> and #include <iostream.h>? I'll do something like:

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    #include <iostream.h>
    using namespace std;
    
    int main()
    {
          cout<<"Text";
          return 0;
    };
    Or something like that and it doesn't like using namespace std;

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    <iostream.h> is a pre-standard header, <iostream> is (roughly) its standard equivalent. Fopr iostream.h, you do not need to qualify the names, but then you may be working with stream objects that are a little different from the standard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pythonusr View Post
    Is Visual C++ 6.0 any good for development? I just found a Visual Studio 6.0 CD that my father had in his software bag, and he told me he had never used it. I installed it, but I'm not sure how good it would be if I used this, as opposed to Dev-Cpp or a similar compiler. Any suggestions?

    MS VC v6 is still used in many commercial software houses and IMO is still a very good IDE. I would suggest using it if you plan to write software commercially. I am yet to work in a Windows software house that does not use a version of MSCV (mostly 2003).

    I wrote online share trading software with MSCV v6 two years ago for the second biggest online trader in Australia.

    I prefer MSVC 2003 though.
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