Newbie to C++ programming

Posted on 2000-03-30
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Which is better between Visual C++ 6.0 and C++ Builder.  I just want to purchase the best product on the market now.

Thanks in advance
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I use both and I feel that VC 6 is superior in _most_ways.  VC6 has a far better debugger and that makes it much easier to get things working.  VC 6 has far far far better on line help.  Comparitively BCB has no on-line help.  That is a HUGE difference.  it makes it so much easier to write code if you have info at your finger tips.  

However, BCB is a much much faster compiler.   Like 10 times faster!  Not a small difference.  So it is worth considering for very large projects.  (the code produced by the two is about the same in terms of speed.)

If you plan on using a windows framework, then there is no choice really. If you plan to use MFC you really need to choose VC and if you plan to use VCL then you HAVE to choose BCB.  VCL is very nice and is worth considering, although it doesn't have the following that MFC does.   I woudl say that overall, if you plan on using VCL, then go with BCB.  Otherwise go with VC.

(Or do what I do, go with both.  I use VC for its help and debugging and use BCB for quick compiles and small changes.)

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Again I am a newbie....what is VCL??
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First off, will you be doing windows programming?  If not, then it doesn't matter, go with VC.

If so...then its probably hard to explain to you.  I suspect you have no experience with windows programming as well as C++.    MFC and VCL are huge libraries of code--sort of--that help you to write programs in windows.  They sort of give a programmer tools to do commong things that they would otherwise have to write themselves.  MFC is the most commonly used one, but VCL is very very different and has many advantages over MFC.  (and the reverse is true.  Don't ask me to compare the two.  That is basically impossible.)  VCL can only be used with BCB, so if you wan to use it there is no choice.  But you might not want to use either.  You certainly won't use either if you aren't writting windows programs.  if you are writting "standard C++" programs, like you find in a textbook, you can write them on either, but VC is easier.  
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I just review my project.  It will consist of putting together a MS Access database.  After further reviewing your comments.  It sounds like VC is the best solution.
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Probably.  I really prefer it for the most part, but there are reasonable arguments both ways.   But VC's help will be of great assistance when you need to interface with access....

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