View Full Version : Has anyone tried visual studio express yet?

07-17-2006, 04:38 AM
It's pretty damn good. So long Dev-C++.

Mario F.
07-17-2006, 05:22 AM
It is indeed a very good IDE. And it does build on top of a very good compiler and an excellent debugger.

However, it leaks a lot of memory, consumes a lot of memory, some of the missing aspects of ISO C++ compliance border the ridicule (you can, for instance, declare a friend member function without a return type), and some of the available third-party libraries are a nightmare to be installed under it.

Everything comes at a price.

07-17-2006, 05:26 AM
I can deal with memory leaks ect for a great compiler/debugger

I haven't tried using third party libs so I guess I have nothing to add there.

07-17-2006, 08:12 AM
However, it leaks a lot of memoryIs this something you've experienced for yourself or something you've heard? How much memory is "a lot" of memory?

Mario F.
07-17-2006, 08:31 AM
It is discussed at large on several websites. Mainly (as I experienced it too), VC++ Express Edition starts to become increasingly slow as you keep working on it. Also your available memory (according to my TuneUp Memory Optimizer) decreases considerably with time.

I cannot provide exact figures as I don't have it installed anymore.

EDIT: Most of these issues pertain to the included Help system, btw.

07-17-2006, 08:51 AM
I have had it running for 2 full days now and opened several projects without closing it, and is currently idleing at 32k. Reletivly speaking (dev, codeblocks) yes this may be a lot. But otherwise it's really nothing. Hell, I have 700 megs left, why should 32k bother me?

Mario F.
07-17-2006, 08:57 AM

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07-17-2006, 11:28 AM
> However, it leaks a lot of memory...

Ironic, considering it's built largely for writing managed code, which is supposed to avoid memory leaks.

07-17-2006, 11:51 AM
Small Price to Pay.

07-17-2006, 01:01 PM
I've been using code::blocks recently, yet anoter ide that beats Dev C++ in overall usability.

07-17-2006, 01:04 PM
VS 2003 rules!!!

07-17-2006, 01:42 PM
I use VS.NET ... not had any problems with it really. I'm happy out with it.

07-17-2006, 04:38 PM
VS 2003 rules!!!
Free VS 2005 is even better :). However, I don't use it because I don't have a copy of XP to install on my Mac.

07-17-2006, 04:58 PM
hahaha, macs..

07-17-2006, 07:49 PM
At the moment I'm dual booting Gentoo and Mac OS X on my MacBook, so I guess I could try to run it under Wine.... but I think KDevelop or Xcode is still better than MS Visual Studio. ;)

07-17-2006, 08:08 PM
Are we talking about the compiler that does this (http://cboard.cprogramming.com/showthread.php?t=80997)?