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I need some help. Which C++ compiler is the best for under $100. Game Institute recommends Visual C.Net for under $100, but it got so many bad reviews on amazon its not even funny. If anyone has any better options I'm all ears.

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Code::Blocks is still in its beta stage (final stage I believe), but its nice. Its free

You can find Mircrosoft Visual C++ 6.0 on ebay for about 50 bucks (just download the 2k3 compiler and use that the 6 IDE.)

From what I hear, you can download the aforementioned compiler with the .NET and its better. Also, I've heard that you should defragment your hard-drive after installation.

There is also Dev-C++ that is free.

I'll also recommend CodeWarrior 6 (I got it on ebay for about < $50.)

Although I still use it, I don't recommend MSVC++ 6.0. I do highly recommend Code::Blocks IDE. You have two options with C::B, you can download the IDE free of a compiler (and then download a compiler like the MS .NET 2k3 compiler) or you can download it with the MingW compiler.

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I'd recommend anything using MinGW's g++, since it works across several platforms (does cross-compiling too) and is allegedly quite standards compliant (as C++ compilers go). Being available free (as in beer and freedom) is quite nice too. With regard to IDEs, I tend to use an xterm and nano, but C::B looks quite nice, especially given that it runs on both Windows and Linux.

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