what is the most popular C++ compiler on Windows now?

Posted on 2009-04-17
Last Modified: 2013-12-03
I need to upgrade  or rewrite a Visual C++ 6.0 application, what is the best option? Shall I use Visual C++.NET? I know in Visual Studio, I could still use MFC, but that's not an option for me. Thanks!
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    Upgrade to Visual Studio 2008 or minimally to Visual Studio 2005.
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    The Visual Studion .NET is only shorter name for Visual Studio .NET 2003. The VS 2005 and VS 2008 are evolutions. The VS 2005 is very good from the C++ Standard view. The VS 2008 is a bit better (also IDE). With respect to VS 2005 it has better features related to working with "managed code" (i.e. .NET), including better language extensions for combining the classical and .NET classes.

    I would choose VS 2008 (i.e. Visual C++ version 9).
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    If money is an issue, Microsoft has an Express version of 2008 which is free.  I am not sure what it is missing, but I don't think it is missing very much.  Note that there WILL be issues when you convert your projects from 6.0 to either 2005 or 2008.

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