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Has anybody used VC++ 6.0? Is there such a big (useful) difference between it and VC++ 5 that it is worth buying?
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by:willemnel
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by:Mirkwood
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The one thing that is absolutly worth buying VC6 is Intellisense.
The IDE completes sentences for you. So if you type the name of a variable/function or whatever, the IDE will give you a choose will typing to complete the sentence. This reduces typo's a lot.
This is similar to the VB Intellisense.
ATL is also improved a lot.

0 points, you must be Dutch.

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by:xyu
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I used VC 6.0 and the first thing i did - I disables the IntelliSence :) ... Compiler is faster... and generated code is smaller (especially templates)... actually its look like SP4 for VC5 :) but i don't see any reason to upgrade now from VC5 to VC6 ... I'll wait for SP1 for VC6 :)...
Good luck
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by:willemnel
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xyu: I appreciate your answer, but please don't close the question. I want some other input also.

Mirkwood: Waddaya mean, I must be Dutch? Actually, I not. I want people's opinion on VC++ 6.0, not an answer - hence the 0 points
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by:dgunthor
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i just upgraded from 5 to 6, well worth it!

no more looking up functions to see what parameters they take (or even if you've got the right function name) as it tells you what parameters it needs and which functions also if it is an overloaded function.

go get it :)
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by:rayb
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They are touting this as great improvement, but really it is only incremental.  The new help system sucks big time.  Intellisense/autocomplete is nice for about 2 minutes then it is annoying.  The one feature that is really nice is the ability to edit and continue during a debug session.  The ATL wizards have improved a bit, adding the ability to create MTS components more easily.  All in all, I'd say don't rush to get it although you will eventually need to upgrade.
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by:dstruve
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It really depends on what you are doing.
willemnell, you should have described what your job is.
If you are a component programmer there are a lot of new features. Really, though you can get this information from Microsoft.
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by:willemnel
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dstruve: I've read the Microsoft reports about VC 6, but you know as well as I do that software houses often proclaim their products to be the best thing since sliced bread, and it just doesn't turn out that way. Anyway, I want a global opinion, since I have to decide if our whole department must upgrade or not.
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by:willemnel
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OK, I see this thread is more or less dead now. Can somebody put it out of it's misery, please?
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I guess I will.  I had been following it to see if it was worth getting myself.  Apparently there are some mixed feelings regarding it.  Just out of curiousity, does anyone think it's worth more than $50?
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by:willemnel
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Thanks, thresher_shark. Obviously Microsoft thinks VC++ 6 is worth more than $50 !
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by:thresher_shark
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Yeah, I know.  You see, I have a friend whose parents work at Microshaft, ehem, Microsoft.  They get tremendous discounts on the software there.  So, occasionally they ask if I want anything because they'll be going there, and I'll ask them to get Visual C++.  I got 5.0 Enterprise Edition through them, for less than $50 (it was a birthday present, so I don't know the exact price, but I know it was less than $50).

Do I smell a conspiracy against Microsoft?  Nah... :-)
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by:willemnel
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Youv'e got contacts at Microsoft? Lucky bastard! :)
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by:thresher_shark
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Hehehehe Yep!  :-)  It's unfortunate they can't sell the software for the more reasonable prices offered at their company store (for example, Windows 98 - $15) to everyone.
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by:dj1encore
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Intelli Sence is really great if you're not to atude with C++ although it can be a pain. If its anything like the Builder interface then its worth it, I'd give it $50
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