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I wonder what is the best Developer Uitility or better what do you guys use ? I use Microsoft Visual C++ V6.0 But maybe I start using Borland C++ Builder V4.0 I dont know. Which is the best ? Greetings.. Zeighter

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Hmmm, since no-one likes this question i''ll reply for you... I have neve used anything but Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 and it does the job, so i''d recomment that, if nothing else.

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The best compiler is the intel c/c++ compiler. in fact i think there is something that you can get to use that compiler in vc. It still uses vc for the ide and linker but just compiles with the intel compiler which makes faster and better code.

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For ease of use, nothing really beats the C++ Builder series. MSVC++ is industry standard however, so most available source code is in MSVC++ files. As well MSVC++ has a better optimising compiler. However C++ Builder can load and compile most MSVC++ programs without too much tweaking, but not the other way around.

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Original post by SiCrane

MSVC++ is industry standard however, so most available source code is in MSVC++ files. As well MSVC++ has a better optimising compiler. However C++ Builder can load and compile most MSVC++ programs without too much tweaking, but not the other way around.

If by "industry standard" you mean it is the most frequently used compiler, you''re probably correct, although that''s more likely due to Microsloth''s marketing and manhandling than the quality of their product.

If by "industry standard" you mean it is an ANSI-compliant compiler, then no, it''s not. MSVC++6 has numerous faults when trying to build ANSI-compliant code.

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Personally, I prefer Microsoft VC++
we use Borland Builder in programming class at school, and I don''t care much for it. It''s known to do all sorts of wierd things when it comes to #include directives ( like randomly switching which directories it looks for - of course, this may be the qbasic kids messing with us, dunno )

I''m not certain when it comes to the more technical aspects of the compilers, but for aeshetics and ease of use, i prefer Microsoft.

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I use VC++ 5.
I dislike its console features due to the disabling of the graphics library.
VC5 has a superbly enourmus help book, I like that feature.
VC 6 doesnt have it.
I have never tried the borland compilers, but I expect they are good.

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I love C++ Builder 3 for building tools and editors and the like, but the text editor it uses (in version 3, at least) is awful, at least compared to the smart indenting in MSVC5. It really slows me down, but others might prefer the way it works. Also, the C++ Builder debugger seems to be a lot harder to work with and less intuitive than the MSVC one. But Builder compiles a lot faster than MSVC. It seems to adhere to the ANSI standard more rigidly (useful when you want an example in a textbook to actually work). And it looks like it is going to be available for Linux soon, if portability interests you.

I''ve not tried MSVC6 or Builder4, but I''d like to have both. Both have advantages and disadvantages and the more tools you have at your disposal, the better.

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There is no real good answer to this question

The first thing you should do is to identify wath you need your compiler to do (wath are your plans). If you don''t know wath you need you will not make the good choice.

I writte in JAVA so i don''t know a lot about C++ compiler, but i know a bit of search often lead to the best choice.

Try to know all you can about each compiler, than the choice will be easy!

Delisk

PS-I know many of you don''t like Microsoft...but does not make their product suck!

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I own both VC++ 6.0 and BCB 4.0 and my personal preference is VC++. However, this is because I do mostly game development where I have no need for the VB-like interface of BCB.

Since you are asking this on a game development site, I would assume you are going to be doing game development. Since most games don''t require a lot of the Win32 GUI, then I would recommend VC++. But if you are going to be doing a lot of plain Windows programming, then I would recommend BCB.

Both are excellent compilers. I''ve had no problems with either.

Josh
http://www.jh-software.com

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