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There are lots out there. Do a google search and you'll get more.

Here are a few I like.

Compilers:
Mingw - www.mingw.org
Digital Mars C++ Compiler (also known as symantec c++) - www.digitalmars.com

IDE's/Editors (some bundled with compilers):
Dev-C++ (based on mingw) - www.bloodshed.net/devcpp.html
Visual Mingw - visual-mingw.sourceforge.net
jEdit - www.jedit.org

Borland also gives away a free compiler, but since last time I checked, it isnt very standards compliant. Microsoft does too, but it dosent come with a debugger.

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This may not be useful since you said you're looking for something other than VS 2005, but there's a free version of the Visual C++, the Express edition.

Take a look at this link:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/visualC/default.aspx

Hope This Helps,

Scott

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Why can't you use Visual C++ express 2005 exactly? Now that its free to download, the cost arguement is out the window, and as far as optimizing code and the IDE itself it FAR surpasses any other free option. Only Intel's own compiler produces better code (on Intel CPUs of course) and no other IDE, IMHO, can even touch VS 2005 (though I know and accept that there are those in the multi-panel-editor and vi/emacs crowd who will disagree :) )

If you really *Can't* use Visual C++ express 2005, then my GCC/non-visual studio editor of choice is code::blocks.

And finally, in response to Gnatinator, Microsoft's free Visual express 2005 products (C++, C#, VB, etc) do come with integrated debuggers.

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I agree with Ravyne, you can't beat the value of Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition :D Bloodshed's Dev C++ is also pretty cool but I prefer using the Microsoft one now.

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Original post by Ravyne
And finally, in response to Gnatinator, Microsoft's free Visual express 2005 products (C++, C#, VB, etc) do come with integrated debuggers.


I believe they used to offer a command line only compiler that didn't have any integrated debugging (Pre VS2005). With VS2005 Express now we get free full environments :)

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