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Just Enough C/C++ Programming by Guy W. Lecky-Thompson

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Compiler and Linker

The first thing to note is that most commercial software vendors (Microsoft, Borland Inprise, and so on) now offer free versions of their commercial compilers. This is great news for the programmer because it means that you can obtain a free IDE with an editor, compiler, and linker of commercial quality.

However, not all compilers are created equal, and besides, any Linux users reading this will have access to an excellent compiler, called gcc, as part of the operating system. Windows and Apple Mac users are not so fortunate, and in order to try to cater to as wide an audience as possible, you’ll see a complete list of places to obtain a compiler in the Web references chapter (Chapter 20).

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