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07-14-2008, 01:27 PM
I was wondering what C / C# / C++ Complier was the "compiler of choice"?
With Freeware - shareware - and holy cow microsoft wants how much for that-ware.
So please weigh in!!!

07-14-2008, 02:45 PM
Well, on the Windows End of the spectrum, Microsoft does offer their personal-use "express" compiler series for free. You need to download what you want and install it separately (vs. the integrated enterprise/architect level stuff). It is complete and very useful. I tend to install it on machines that don't have the resources for my Architect series.

You can get and install Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual C++, and Visual Web Developer. These are 2008 w/.Net 3.5


For Linux and cross-compiling, you'll want GCC. You can also build windows apps with it. It's the be-all-end-all for non-microsoft, used on thousands of platforms, and it's open source:

A good place to start is here: http://gcc.gnu.org/install/binaries.html

Based on GCC, if you plan on doing anything with the Atmel AVR series of microcontrollers (you'll need a programmer. I like the very complete STK500 from Atmel directly), you can use WinAVR: http://winavr.sourceforge.net/download.html

The STK500 comes with WinAVR and other tools. I always upgrade to the latest before moving forward though.

Confused yet? ;)

07-14-2008, 08:12 PM
I use NetBeans (netbeans.org) for my java stuff. They do C/C++ but I haven't tried it yet. The best part is there is a growing community around it, and it's free. YEA FREE!!! (it's very similar to Eclipse)
Has anyone else been using NetBeans?