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Microsoft Visual C++ 2003

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I am a newb progammer and I have been around the forums and read that C++ is a good language to start programming. I just downloaded the MS Visual C++ Toolkit 2003 and I am not really that sure how to use it because it doesnt really say anything about it in the readme. 2 questioms....how do i compile my code with this? and Is this a good compiler to use in the first place?

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The compiler you downloaded is an excellent compiler but needs to be invoked from the command line and has a vast array of switches/options specfying how to compile your code. To make life easier I recommend you get yourself an IDE which will takw care of the nitty-gritty details like compiler switches for you, a good one which is free is Dev-C++.

The toolkit you downloaded comes from Visual Studio which is a lot more powerful than Dev-C++, if you decide to start programming seriously then a copy of VS 2003 Professional (academic license) can be quite cheap. If your not a student then the Standard Edition is only aroung £70 or 100 USD

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I recommend you get yourself an IDE which will takw care of the nitty-gritty details

I second what Spudder says... especially if you're new to programming (and/or C++) dealing with the command-line compiler is probably something you can do without initially. Especially given there are a variety of free tools that'll handle it for you.

Just to throw into the mix, Eclipse and it's C Development Tools are another reasonable option for a free set of tools to get you going.

hth
Jack

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