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wuts the differenc between visual c++ and regular c++ and before i get n 2 game development wut shood i purchase. Is buy microsoft VC++.net standard edtion a good idea??

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get dev-C++ for free at sourceforge.net, it is alright...
follow the ISO C++ standard as much as possible...

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Visual C++ is definitely a good investment if you are sure that programming is what you want to do, start off with a free IDE like Dev-C++ and if you decide that you want to continue programming then the $100 cost of VC++ .NET Standard will be money well spent

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VC++ is C++. The only difference is that you use microsofts
Visual Studio to write the programs in, hence the V before the C.
Id say that Visual Studio is great, and easy to work with. It
is a powerful tool to develop games and apps in. If you plan on
making games and such, then VS is supreme, especially if you
want to use DirectX. Many will argue with me about this, but
the reason i say so is because it has a very good debugger built
in, and that DirectX comes with a DirectX debugger that plugs
in to VS. Another reason is that Visual Studio .NET has built
in support for "Intel Streaming SIMD Extension (SSE)" that all
P3 or later processors have. Most freeware or shareware editors
lack that support.

Drawback is that is usually will cost you some to get it, and
that it is geared towards making programs that only run on
windows. Sure, you can write programs that work on all platforms
with it, but you need to keep your wits around so you dont
use something that only exists on windows platforms.

Hopes this helps in your descission.

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Is this thread messed up for anyone else? First off, please don''t use that AOL speak and abbreviations of that such. As for a good book, you need to tell us what level you at. Are you a complete beginner, or do you know C++? Please tell us at what level you are. Visual C++ is a good choice. if you cannot afford it, go for a free compiler like Dev-C++ here. Good luck.

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quote:
Original post by Allmight
Another reason is that Visual Studio .NET has built
in support for "Intel Streaming SIMD Extension (SSE)" that all
P3 or later processors have. Most freeware or shareware editors
lack that support.



The free Dev-C++ IDE version 4.9.8.7 (admitdly thats the IDE, not the compiler) adds built in support not only for SSE, but SSE2, MMX and 3DNOW! It also allows you to build the program for specific machines such as you can build your app to run on anything above a i686 or you can build it to be optimised for an athlonXP.

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