Visual Basic Free Edition
The information isn't new and is maybe already on the forum, but isn't a bad idea to repeat it, with this clear subject, easy to find.
BTW, you probably need at least the Visual C++ Express to be able to compile AHK, for those wanting to hack it...
Perhaps someday I will try it.
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- There are other free compilers around (GCC) and more or less free Basics too: I downloaded REALbasic just in case, because at the time they offered it for free to gain frustrated Visual Basic 5/6 developpers seeing Microsoft pushing hard toward VB.NET...
- There are lot of other languages, like Euphoria.
- As with offers targeted to students, it initiates people to a Microsoft product, hoping they will ask to the "real" version (with full IDE and other facilities) later.
- It is a technology probably well paid off, so it doesn't cost much to make it free.
- Hey, in the best cases, it makes more programs to be made for Windows! I like Macs too, but I was quite disappointed to find so little freewares for it, at least for MacOS 9. That's better for MacOS X, its Unix core attracted lot of open source hackers finding a more familiar playground.
If you are looking for a free and possible open-source IDE for C/C++ Windows coding, I encourage you look also at Code::Blocks , Eclipse with CDT or Dev-CPP.
I am less interested by the IDE than by the compiler itself (didn't tried this version either).
I know Eclipse, for Java development. It is really heavy too (written in Java), you better have a fast computer with lot of Ram... But powerful, indeed.
I tried Dev-CPP, but wasn't overly convinced, it felt... dunno, old.
Then I tried Code::Blocks and was pleased. Modern look, good syntax highlighting component (Scintilla! I am biased, but at least, it is familiar...), etc.
Of course, you can use these IDEs along with VC++ Express, ie. they let you choose the compiler. GCC isn't bad but really generated big exes/dlls (more than twice the size of those generated by VC++6).
There is a pretty complete C/C++ compiler analysis available at Dr.Dobbs web site. They look at 7 different well-known compilers, including GNU C/C++ and 3 versions of MS C++, on several situations. Not biased and well done.
There is a pretty complete C/C++ compiler analysis available at Dr.Dobbs web site.
I forgot to say: the compiler analysis was made on September 2003. A bit old, but still give an idea about the compiler's strength & weakness.