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View Full Version : I am new to programing; what compiler is recomended for C++ ?



DreamTone
08-19-2007, 04:39 PM
Hello Everyone!

Well, I will be starting my first intro to C++ class on Sept 4th and I was wondering if anyone can recommend a compiler to use. I am trying to get a jump on the class because I know this won't be easy!

Thanks.

liorean
08-19-2007, 06:02 PM
A compiler that can be found just about everywhere is GCC. It's the main compiler on most unix/linux systems and on Mac OS X. On Windows the most often used compiler is the Microsoft Visual Studio compiler. For Intel processors almost entirely independent of which OS you're running, the Intel compiler is considered the best one.

A most important question than compiler is about what IDE you'll be using. If the course teaches using a certain IDE, you're propably best off learning on the compiler that is commonly used for that IDE.

DreamTone
08-19-2007, 09:56 PM
.....A most important question than compiler is about what IDE you'll be using. If the course teaches using a certain IDE, you're propably best off learning on the compiler that is commonly used for that IDE.


Wow, I almost missed that point! But after reading the course description again it does say "...Microsoft's Visual C++ integrated development environment for programing and editing, compiling, linking and execution."

So based on this what would I need, if I wanted to work and do my assignments from home?

Thanks for the info!

liorean
08-19-2007, 10:04 PM
So based on this what would I need, if I wanted to work and do my assignments from home?I'd say your best shot is Microsoft Visual Studio. The Express versions of Visual Studio are free downloads. In your case: Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition (http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-gb/express/aa700735.aspx)

oracleguy
08-20-2007, 12:52 AM
If you are taking a class, your school might be part of the MSDN Academic Alliance as well and if so, you'll be able to get the professional version of Visual Studio for free. If your school does have that, the instructor will probably mention that on the first day.

Also make sure when you are using the express version of Visual C++ that you aren't making a C++ .net application because that probably isn't what you are going to learn.

DreamTone
08-20-2007, 01:58 AM
Thanks for the help, I downloaded that program!

:thumbsup:

DreamTone
08-20-2007, 02:26 AM
If you are taking a class, your school might be part of the MSDN Academic Alliance as well and if so, you'll be able to get the professional version of Visual Studio for free. If your school does have that, the instructor will probably mention that on the first day.

Also make sure when you are using the express version of Visual C++ that you aren't making a C++ .net application because that probably isn't what you are going to learn.

Yeah, that would be great!

Thanks for the tips.



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