As C++ programmers, the one of our most important tools is the compiler. So which compiler should you use. Well there are several good choices, which I shall list here.
- Microsoft Visual C++: This is a great compiler from Microsoft – which comes with Visual Studio and Visual C++ Express. While Visual Studio is rather expensive, you can get Visual C++ Express absolutely free.
- g++: This is the C++ compiler that comes with GCC (the GNU Compiler collection)
- Intel Composer: I mentioned this one in yesterday’s tip of the day. It’s not cheap, but it does have good optimisation features.
Now, there are others, so feel free to comment with your suggestions and opinions. You can also visit my programming software polls page, where you can vote on your favourite IDE and compiler.
You may well have heard of Intel’s expensive compiler. But it’s got to be good right? Who knows machine code better than the people who make processors?
Anyway, the point is that you can try out the beta of Intel’s C++ compiler for free right now. Here’s a tweet from @IntelDevTools:
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