I'm not sure if anyone has told you that VC++.NET is VERY different to
what you would call C++.
You can write C++ inside VC++.NET by not taking advantage of any .net
features which is what I do......but it still takes some concentration
and attention to not accidentally use a vc++.net only feature because
(surprise, surprise) the vs.net on-line help can be a bit vague about
what exactly is ansi standard C++ and what is not...;-)...My software
runs on win32, AIX, Solaris with only one image of the source code.
MSFT say .net code will run on any platform at some point in the
future. (We shall see.)
I decided to use VC++ 6.0 for my development and went from 6.0 to .net
when .net became available. Why? I think Bill will win the compiler
arguement on win. Already Oracle does not support Borland for C++
access to Oracle for C++/Pro or whatever it is that accesses Oracle for
the pre-compiler. I stopped using that about 2 years ago.
I really, really like the IDE in VS.NET. Though I have nothing else to
compare it to as I never did any other C++ development on any other
IDE....(When I first did C in 1985 there was no such thing as an
The book I used to teach myself C++ was by Kris Jamsa:
I really liked it as I had to learn C++ as well...I only had C
previously (and many other languages but not C++).
Other people bag the book but it has the best description I found of
what C++ actually is for someone who is only C. I found I 'got it' in
about 30 minutes as opposed to reading VC++ 6.0 Unleashed for weeks on
end and being none the wiser.....that 30 minutes was worth 10x the
price of the book. It has an example for everything I have ever wanted
to do...the only thing I did not find was how to perform memory mapped
IO on windows, and that's because it is a winAPI that must be
called.....If I only had USD50 and could only buy one book, this would
If you want to learn C++ and learn about cross platform code I suggest
you take a wander over to http://www.yqcomputer.com/
download ACE. There is about a zillion lines of code that does some
pretty useful stuff. There is even a book as a programmers guide. I
only heard about it recently and I am only scratching ther surface of
what it does...I plan to incorporate ACE functions into my software.
Also, take a wander through sourceforge.net and codeproject.com as you
will find lots and lots of code there that does useful stuff to sharpen
your skills on. Being something of an 'old timer' I think it's just
fantatstic that there are so many pieces of code out there to go and
check out when I am trying to do something I have never done before...