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Soo many compilers, what do I do? I thought about using the free borland compiler, but I need to know something first. If I use a certain compiler, will the exe. open in only certain programs, like if I wanted to program for DOS, or windows98, will using a certain compiler prevent me or the players of a game from playing it on the system of my choice? Do I have to fork up 100+ dollars for a compiler? Will anyone answer me? I hope so.

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You''ve got me confused too
No you can go a head and use a compiler of your choice and it will run on the systems that it was designed for. If you use a DOS compiler like DJGPP, you code will work under win95/98 and DOS but it probably would need some fixing up to run under win2k.

If you use a windows compiler(MSVC, Borland, Mingw32, etc), programs that you make will run on windows platforms but won''t run under DOS or Linux.

That should help you out.

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I think what you''ve been hearing about that made you think that certain compilers limit the userbase of your executables, is that some free/demo/sharware compilers will only let you run executables compiled by your compiler when it''s accompanied with the compiler itself. I think that my old copy of Borland Light did that (many years ago).

Personaly I recommend that you go out and get yourself a comercial compiler. If you know where to look they really aren''t that expensive, plus you get all the perks that fully licesened software brings (all the help librarys - microsoft''s knowledge base is absolutely huge, no limitations, etc).

I bought my version of Microsoft Dev Visual C++ for around $30 at a computer show. If you''re a student you can probably find student prices at your local university bookstore.

I think it''s worth it.

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I will personally recommend DJGPP. It is a DOS compiler, but it is very portable. Also, check out the Allegro graphics library. Unless you want to make windows games, DJGPP is a good bet. Not to mention free.

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Anyone know how to get your hands on VC6 beginners edition? Other than buy Andrea LaMonthe''s lastest book?

Go to the local community college and pick up VC6 standard edition, I I saw it for $50 Don''t buy C++ Builder (its a *very* nice rad tool, but a crappy dev platform, imnsho)

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