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Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0

review by Forest J. Handford

This is my favorite compiler, giving it an automatic 5 smileys. It has color coding, for those of us who can see color. It allows you to create screens and dialog boxes by selecting items from a menu. It comes with an easy to use icon editor. When you compile your code it gives an organized listing of errors and warnings. You can view the troubled code by double clicking on the warning or error. The error is fairly descriptive, unless it is a linker error. It comes with two CDs worth of tutorials and help files and a membership to the Microsoft Developers Network. This version allows the use of type bool. The text editor has features that will AutoComplete the names of objects for you. It is definitely worth the money. It comes with a rebate that usually cuts the price in half.

Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0

review by Forest J. Handford

This is my second favorite compiler. Microsoft took basic to the next level with this product by allowing users to make a large portion of a program without typing a line of code. They did this by giving the user menus to create all the screens. Each object added to a screen has a ton of properties that can be set in the environment such as color, height, length, name, and default value. The code editor has color-coding and autocompletion. The reason this isn't my favorite language is because the program's assembly code is written horribly. This makes a Visual Basic program hog memory and go slower then it would in C or C++. This is the easiest non-proprietary Windows compiler I have used. It comes with two CDs full of help files and tutorials as well as a membership in the Microsoft Developers Network. This is worth its price and usually comes with a rebate that cuts the price in half.



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