Where to Start?

Discussion in 'C++' started by Steven Bulmer, Oct 16, 2003.

  1. I used to program in C using Borland C++ Builder v4.52 but havent done
    anything for a while.

    I want to buy a new compiler but dont know which.

    I would like to be able to compile all my old code but dont mind the effort
    to port over if required.

    My main venture is to create a serial port listener that can be run from
    both DOS and a Windows Platform. Currently im running Windows 2000 but I
    also have a laptop running XP. I would like to be able to develop the
    software on both systems.

    Im confused by all the .NET jargon and dont understand what it means.

    Should I go for Borland C Builder 6 or Microsoft Visual C++ .NET

    Your help would be most appreciated


    Steven Bulmer, Oct 16, 2003
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  2. Perhaps the most recent version of Borland C++ Builder is just what
    you need... Check in a Borland newsgroup.
    Depending on how much non-standard elements your code contains, you
    might not need porting at all, or you might need porting even with
    the same brand of compiler.
    Although it is off-topic, I'll dare to comment that making something
    that works directly with hardware and runs under two different OSes
    is generally impossible. Consult in newsgroups dedicated to those
    platforms: comp.os.msdos.programmer and comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.
    Again, it may not be possible as far as hardware is concerned (althogh
    from many other standpoints, XP and 2000 are _extremely_ similar).
    You should ask about it in a .NET newsgroup. Here .NET jargon is not
    on topic.

    Victor Bazarov, Oct 16, 2003
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