Hi. I have been programming with java for a coupla years and want to get into C++. I have looked around the web and read a little about C++ and would like to ask a few questions
First off I did better learning java without an IDE(after trying one first -- i got pretty much the results I wanted but didnt really understand what was happening) - so I went to just using notepad to write my code and compiling it myself. I learned alot more and actually understood what was happening... so I think I would like to use a C++ compiler without an IDE.
I have downloaded the Borland 5.5 compiler, GCC compiler and Dev-CPP(which i think is an IDE?). I also have MS Visual Studio6.0 Enterprise Edition(on the advice of some friends that said to use Visual basic and Visual C -- is VisualBasic even C++?) but was really confused by it. Any advice on which one to use?
Also, is there one standard libray that all C++ compilers use or a different one for each compiler? Seems I have seen different ones while reading about C++ on the net. (if there is one standard library, where can I find the documentation?). If standard libraries are different, surely there is a C++ core library that is the same for all compilers??
thanks for any info you can give...