Visual C++ 6.0

Posted on 2004-11-30
Last Modified: 2013-12-14
Is there a FREE compiler/linker that is 100% compatible with Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0?  It needs to compile a project that builds in the IDE without any changes (or as few changes as possible).  Thanks.
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    If you want an IDE you can download Visual C++ 2005 Express Beta

    Either way, with th vc2003 toolkit or the VC2005 express, you may have to change the code. Both of the new compilers are much more standard-compliant than VC6. If your code is not very complicated, it will not be such a problem.

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    by:Jaime Olivares
    First compiler mentioned by jkr doesn't have an IDE, as far I have tested.
    Second compiler mentioned by roee_f does have an IDE.
    The problem is that both mentioned compilers doesn't have MFC or ATL libraries support, and a typical "Visual C++" application does need one of them, with some exceptions of course.
    My answer is no: You can't get a 100% compatible compiler, specially due to the MFC/ATL stuff.
    I think it is not a good idea to try to use another compiler and GUI libraries to spare $100. A GUI library migration (let's say, to WTL or QT or OWL or wxWindows) is a hard process that worths more than 100 bucks.
    Good luck,

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