Thread: What compiler should I download?

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    What compiler should I download?

    I know this might be a question I could have solved myself by googling but I want to be on the safer side, and hey what's the harm in asking!

    I want the most standard and the most latest c++ compiler. Because I take it that way I would have access to later features and libraries which can never be a disadvantage.

    Well I'm using quincy right now and the last patch for that was like in 2005, and I'm learning TurboC in school which is quite different. They're good for newbies,

    But I want to use an updated compiler. Also, I would appreciate if it's an IDE.


    What do you guys use?
    Oh and is Microsoft Visual C++ also a standard C compiler? Is it better than other compilers? I know there are Visual C++ forums, are they C++ forums or are they a bit different from C++?

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    Well I'm using quincy right now and the last patch for that was like in 2005, and I'm learning TurboC in school which is quite different. They're good for newbies,
    Actually they are both a little old to be considered good, and IMO, TurboC is so old the only thing it is good for is confusing newbies with outdated technologies that were designed for obsolete operating systems.

    Oh and is Microsoft Visual C++ also a standard C compiler?
    If by standard you mean C89, then yes, but it doesn't support the current C standards.

    Is it better than other compilers?
    As long as you're talking about C++ it is a decent compiler, but it is severely lacking as far a C is concerned (but it is still better than either of your current choices).

    There are several good compilers available for Windows each has a decent IDE available. Probably one of the best options would be Visual C++ (for C++).

    What do you guys use?
    Primarily I use gcc on Linux (I don't do Windows).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimblumberg View Post
    Actually they are both a little old to be considered good, and IMO, TurboC is so old the only thing it is good for is confusing newbies with outdated technologies that were designed for obsolete operating systems.


    If by standard you mean C89, then yes, but it doesn't support the current C standards.


    As long as you're talking about C++ it is a decent compiler, but it is severely lacking as far a C is concerned (but it is still better than either of your current choices).

    There are several good compilers available for Windows each has a decent IDE available. Probably one of the best options would be Visual C++ (for C++).


    Primarily I use gcc on Linux (I don't do Windows).
    Thanks for the tips! So Visual C++ is a good choice for C++? Is there anything better than that? What about CodeBlocks?
    I'm looking for a C++ compiler right now.. I don't know about C.. besides I just started learning C++ a month ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nwb
    So Visual C++ is a good choice for C++?
    Yes.

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    Is there anything better than that?
    It depends on your requirements. Since you are just starting with C++ and don't have special requirements in mind, any reasonably standard compliant compiler would be good enough.

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    What about CodeBlocks?
    That is an IDE that is available in a bundle with GCC (and hence g++).
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