Author Topic: Which Compiler to Use?  (Read 1915 times)

Offline arew264

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Which Compiler to Use?
« on: April 26, 2007, 11:39:45 pm »
I'm a little (actually a lot) unfamiliar with compilers. I'm trying to make a native windows C++ app.
Is MinGW a linux emulator (as I recall it is) and if I made an app with it, would it run on systems without MinGW?
Should I use the Microsoft VC compiler? Is there another compiler I can use to make native windows binaries?

Offline NeverDream

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Re: Which Compiler to Use?
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2007, 02:16:26 am »
MinGW is a native Windows compiler. It's a Windows port of GCC and provides the win32 API. The Microsoft VC++ compiler is likely more optimized for native Windows apps, but it's a hefty download (you'll need VC++ 2005 Express and the platform sdk).

Offline arew264

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Re: Which Compiler to Use?
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2007, 02:20:59 am »
That's the humorous part... I already have VC++ and the PSDK.
I'll go with MinGW for now because I hate Microsoft (yet I'm creating an app for their OS?)
Maybe at some point I will switch, but I'll stick with what works well and easily.