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hey guys. i just need program that i can use to type up my cpp, and have it compiled for me to have a look at. i really want to use microsofts vb, but they have so many different versions of this program that im lost in choosing what i need. to add to it, all of them have an "Express" version? whats the difference? and which do i need exactly..? from what i gathered i need "Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition" which it says is free. but then there is "Microsoft Visual Studio 2008"? http://www.microsoft.com/express/download/#webInstall then you got all these http://www.microsoft.com/express/product/default.aspx bah!

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Well, first of all, you can't use VB to compile a C++ program.

The express editions of each of the Visual Studio languages are completely free, and probably are what you are after. Visual C++ Express 2008 has some differences from Visual C++ Standard, and the C++ support that ships with Visual Studio Standard, Pro and Team Editions, which get progressively more features.

The only thing you're likely to miss, if anything, in the 2008 Express Edition of C++ is the visual form designer. You can still create GUIs programatically, but the WYSIWYG editor is gone. You won't get profile-guided optimizations (I believe you need Pro, if not Team Edition for that), and the extensibility (plugin) features of the IDE are disabled, IIRC.

You can still distribute the programs you make with Express, you still get the optimizing compiler, and nearly all the bells and whistles one expects from Visual Studio. Its a hell of a deal for free -- I can't think of any free C++ IDE that even comes close to touching what Visual C++ Express offers; maybe Eclipse comes close, though its aimed primarily at Java development, and I'm not too fond of its interface style myself.

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Original post by pliskin09
hey guys. i just need program that i can use to type up my cpp, and have it compiled for me to have a look at. i really want to use microsofts vb, but they have so many different versions of this program that im lost in choosing what i need. to add to it, all of them have an "Express" version? whats the difference? and which do i need exactly..? from what i gathered i need "Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition" which it says is free. but then there is "Microsoft Visual Studio 2008"? http://www.microsoft.com/express/download/#webInstall

then you got all these http://www.microsoft.com/express/product/default.aspx

bah!


You'll want to get Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition, the express editions are basically the 'personal use' versions of each IDE. The express edition has everything to write/compile/debug your programs, the other versions simply come with more extra tools(and they cost money).

EDIT: Actually i just re-read what you said, were you trying to say VS rather then VB? As in visual studio. If you actually meant VB as in the language, then you'd want Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition. They're all designed for different languages.

[Edited by - Satharis on August 16, 2009 9:11:21 PM]

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