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Microsoft Visual C++ Express 2008. It also comes with a free version of the best IDE.

http://www.microsoft.com/express/

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Microsoft Visual C++ Express 2008. It also comes with a free version of the best IDE.

http://www.microsoft.com/express/

Yup I still remember the days when Microsoft charged at least several hundred dollars for the priviledge of using this!!!
Thanks to other excellent free C++ compilers like GCC Microsoft is now giving it away!
Sun studio, Borland Turbo C++ and Eclipse are other options you might want to look at.

Just do everyone a favor and don't use some out of date compiler i.e VC++ 6.0 or one like Dev C++ that hasn't been updated for years and expect someone to be able to help you when you run into problems-LOL!


[Edited by - daviangel on December 6, 2008 4:50:15 PM]

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If for whatever reason you don't like express, Dev C++ is still a great option.

http://www.bloodshed.net/devcpp.html

I would still go with VS 2008, much better user interface. Not to mention intellisense.

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If for whatever reason you don't like express, Dev C++ is still a great option.
That's not true. Dev-C++, even in it's heyday, was NEVER a great option. It was simply the only free option, and it was buggy and limited. There's no end to the trouble that thing used to cause me, simply from constantly corrupting it's own memory repeatedly. Unfortunately, there is still way too many old tutorials that recommend using it that survive to this day.

If the free MS IDE is too much for your machine, do what I did before I upgraded. Use the compiler that comes included with it, but call it from the free code::blocks IDE, which is many times better than the old Dev-C++, but still not up to VS Express.

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I used to use Code::blocks but though i needed something better, and before that i used dev-cpp, but now I'm going to go with the first post, thanks for the help guys.

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If for whatever reason you don't like express, Dev C++ is still a great option.

A lot of people still caution against this. Another option is Code::Blocks.

Code::Blocks is aesthetically similar to DevC++ and I've had no headaches whatsoever using it. It is still being developed (the last nightly build was I think nov 26).

I normally would use MSVC++, but CodeBlocks works on Linux which is what I primarily write code on and only rebuild the same code under Windows to have a windows distribution if needed.

Edit: OOps. You just wrote you used CB and didn't like it so disregard my post. I think you will like 2008 express.

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Ya I'm a student, but I'm in 9th grade and have been Learning c++ for a long while, I know stuff. It isnt that i didnt like code::blocks, i just thought there might be something better out there. BTW in the time I've been workig with c++ I made a MUD by my self, so that says somthing about my skills i guess. I'm just now going to learn directx. (ordered a book and I hope it gets here soon). I picked up c++ from my brother so he helped teach me. Thanks for the info on compliers/idles, I got vc++ up and runnig its great, Think I'll start 3d programing soon as i finish this 3d math book i got here. wish me luck.

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Of course, if you're a student, you may as well go for Visual Studio 2008 Professional, either through that link or using your Academic Alliance account (if your University has registered you).


I'm a student and I'm interested to test it, but that Firefox is throwing an invalid security certificate error at me. What's the deal?

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