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Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 Standard

by Microsoft Software
Windows 95 / 98 / NT / 2000
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • IntelliSense Technology
  • Dynamic ClassView updating
  • Active Document Containment
  • Dynamic HTML support
  • Microsoft Foundation Classes

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98 / NT / 2000
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B00004U6ZC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,619 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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Amazon.co.uk Review

Microsoft's Visual C++ 6.0 (VC++ 6.0) lets programmers unlock the power of Office and Internet Explorer and create custom Office and Windows apps. Every version of Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer has powerful custom features--dockable toolbars, tool tips, OLE automation, and ActiveX, for example. But to really put these features to work you need a full-fledged programming language.

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

Manufacturer's Description

Nearly all world-class software, from the leading Web browsers to mission-critical corporate applications, is built using the Microsoft Visual C++ development system. Visual C++is the most productive C++ tool used in the highest-performance development for Windows and the Web. Visual C++ 6.0 brings a new level of productivity to C++, without sacrificing flexibility, performance, or control. In addition to features like IntelliSense technology and Edit and Continue, which significantly speed development time, Visual C++ 6.0 contains greatly improved support for Web and Enterprise development. With Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 Standard Edition, you can learn to build and reuse components, create ActiveX Controls, and develop Internet applications in a tightly integrated, visual environment.

Customer Reviews

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this product 20 Aug. 2001
If you want to program windows applications, then this is for you. You don't only get a great programming environment, but you also get documentation worth a hell of a lot more than what the price shows. I'm just finishing a course on 'C' programming and want to learn 'C++', and behold, you get a wrox press 'C++' tutorial by Ivor Horton, which after reading I can only say, "Great stuff Ivor, your one hell of a teacher". The tutorial was very well paced, a bonus for me. What you also get is MSDN Visual Studio Library, which is over a GIG of documentation on all the Microsoft products. It has docs on 'C/C++', 'VB', ...,etc. I wanted to find out how to load some bitmap textures with opengl, it came out with 7+ examples. After going through the tutorial, I then read the book that comes with VC++, "Introduction to Visual C++ 6.0", again by Ivor Horton, this time, he teaches you how to get the most out of the compiler whilst touching subjects like MFC, COM, ATL, ...,etc. I downloaded the directx8 SDK and when I installed it, it said, kind of, "I notice you have VC++, would you like me to link with it?" You bet I do. Last, but definitely not least, I bought the book 'Programming Windows' by Charles Petzold. In this book he keeps pointing you to documentation on the Platform SDK. Where can you find these documents? Yes, you've guessed it, in the MSDN Visual Studio Library. In my eyes, this product is well worth the money and more, much more.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visual C++ Standard Edition. 24 Jan. 2002
I bought this product a while ago to aid me with my university course. I can safely say that it has helped me write my programming assignments quite quickly and easily.
I was a little confused by the many different features of Visual C++, but after reading through the exellent book, Beginning Visual C++ 6 by Ivor Horton, which comes with the program, I learnt how to use them very quickly.
The MSDN library that accompanies the main program proved very useful. However, I though some more documentation on various structure types could have been provided, eg WINAPI and APIENTRY. As I'm a complete programming novice I didn't quite understand what they were until I read, Beginning MFC by Ivor Horton.
All in all though there are a lot of examples, which are easy to follow, even if some of them are in the old C context.
I enjoy using Visual C++ 6 a great deal and I don't think I'd trade it in for any other development environment for programming Windows applications. Well maybe the professional edition! ;)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 'NOT for beginners, otherwise Superb' 11 Oct. 2001
By James
This progam is not for beginners or people who want to program dos applications. No clrscr! or gotoxy! The support from Microsoft is unbelievable, they just keep on ringing me up to see how I am getting on. If you are going to program Windows Applications, and you know a bit about Visual C++, then look no further!
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