- Platform: Windows 95 / 98 / NT / 2000
- Media: CD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
The list of updates in version 6.0 is lengthy, but two stand above the rest. This rendition of Microsoft's Visual C++ gets smart with IntelliSense technology, Microsoft lingo for auto-completion. What this means for you is after you type a period after a variable name, a handy drop-down menu appears offering the soup du jour in the way of the available members for the aforementioned object. Enter a method name and an open parenthesis and you are presented with prototypes, arguments and their types. Better yet, IntelliSense works with all the expected iterations and your code, saving quite a lot of time. Also, the intuitive edit and continue feature allows you to incorporate common, simple edits during your debugging without having to quit, rebuild and restart the debugger.
Other new features include the HTML Help Workshop, a tool for creating HTML-based context-sensitive help that can be integrated with the Web; a gallery of prepackaged C++ components and ActiveX controls; and a slew of inline optimisation switches, pragmas and codes.
This package is complemented by the inclusion of: Microsoft Developer Network Library. The library is teeming with information--get started with a selection of tutorials, or reference the user's or programmer's guides. All topics are covered here, including plenty of information on the Microsoft foundation classes.
Future users should be aware that side-by-side installation of C++ is not supported by Microsoft, meaning that if you have acquired C++ 6.0 or its compiler through another software package or have a copy in another language, you will not be able to keep both applications. The results of installing this package in addition to any existing installs could mean that the installation may fail, the installation may succeed but the product won't work, or even worse, you won't be able to uninstall C++ after you realise the error. --Emilie Dirks