Best C++ compiler?

By Neil010
Sep 2, 2011
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  1. Hello TechSpotians,
    I have a question once again related to C++ programing.

    What compiler is the best to start out learnig the language with? While most beginner books recommend Dev-C++ I have heard that most professionals use MS Visual Studio. Also, if Dev-C++ is preferred, should I use Codeblocks instead? I've read that Dev-C++ not being developed anymore and that Codeblocks is much better.
  2. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,573   +47

    I use Codeblocks. It's just right for a first starter...I suppose you could say that properly using it can be just as daunting as any other if you have no idea of the language.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,283   +281

    "Best" is seldomly used in the context of a compiler.
    The IDE (development environment) is a big deal, however.
  4. gakuen92

    gakuen92 Newcomer, in training

    try using notepad++
  5. Stupido

    Stupido TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 57

    As jobeard mentioned, the C++ compiler is mostly hidden behind the IDE, so when you say "best compiler" did you mean best IDE?
    also, the compiler uses libraries, so that is also another point of view to determine "best compiler".

    As for educational purposes you can just use whatever you can find free of charge. For example check MS Visual C++ 2010 Express; you can also select Visual C# 2010 express because C# is much easier to learn...
    If you want it for embedded development, than the things are getting little bit more complicated.


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