Thread: Differentiate between Borland's 'Turbo C' and Bloodshed 'Dev-C'

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    Question Differentiate between Borland's 'Turbo C' and Bloodshed 'Dev-C'

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    I was taught to do programming in Borland's 'Turbo C' a good time ago. Recently I took part in a speed programming contest that employed 'C' language as the standard medium. Now when I came to look at the details, it said that the IDE used will be Bloodshed 'Dev-C'. I am starting to prepare for the contest but I dont know how far the two versions of 'C' are analogous and where they differ. Please someone guide me so that I shoud get compatible with the Dev-C.

    Please dont go into the details on difference between filing systems or the Manufacturer's info. Just the the difference between source code or its style is required.

    Thanks in advance!!

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    An IDE would include a compiler, but it is not a compiler by itself, so you should check what is the compiler used. It would most likely be gcc as that is bundled by default, but even then knowing which version of gcc will be used could be helpful.

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    Well, not only the version of the compiler, but also whether you will be compiling with respect to what version of the C standard, or if you have a choice to begin with.
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    Yes. It uses MinGW port of GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) as it's compiler. It can creates native Win32 executables, either console or GUI, as well as DLLs and static libraries.

    Please, I just found that one cannot use <conio.h> library file in Dev 'C' (as I used to to do in Turbo C). More such differences are required!!

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    Well, Turbo C is notorious around here for being the compiler of choice of teachers who teach using outdated and non-standard dialects of C. I think you're wrong about the <conio.h> thing as I recall some support in that area, but otherwise that is an example of a non-standard library.

    My suggestion is to prepare by reading up on standard C. Make sure that you don't rely on undefined behaviour or implementation defined behaviour that just happened to "work" with your Turbo C compiler, e.g., things like assuming that the order of evaluation will be in a certain way when it isn't, or using fflush(stdin), or as you noted, relying on a non-standard library that happens to come with Turbo C.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bjarne Stroustrup (2000-10-14)
    I get maybe two dozen requests for help with some sort of programming or design problem every day. Most have more sense than to send me hundreds of lines of code. If they do, I ask them to find the smallest example that exhibits the problem and send me that. Mostly, they then find the error themselves. "Finding the smallest program that demonstrates the error" is a powerful debugging tool.
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    > Differentiate between Borland's 'Turbo C' and Bloodshed 'Dev-C'
    One is 20 years out of date, and the other is only 10 years out of date.

    If you like dev-c++, but want something current, then try Orwell Dev-C++ | Free Development software downloads at SourceForge.net
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