Which development environment for Windows? RRS feed

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  • I've been developing desktop code for years using Visual C++ 6.0 under XP and before that Borland Builder. Now with the move to Win 7 I'm confused by the plethora of development environments offered for windows. Should I use Visual Studio C++, Visual Studio .NET ? And which version? I still need to support hardware that runs XP. As example our Chinese contract manufacturer will likely be using XP based production hardware for years to come. At one time I tried doing my developement in a virtual XP window but in many cases it does not recognize the hardware I need to talk to. I feel like since Visual C++ 6.0 and XP were abandoned I was left at a dead end. It's going to take considerable effort to choose a new environment and I want to make sure I choose wisely. Please help ~ Thanks,


    Tuesday, November 1, 2011 12:44 AM

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  • I'm going to offer you some advice on where you'll get the most interesting/useful suggestions in response to your question.

    As you currently use C++ and have mentioned some issues that com up frequently in the C++ Developer forums, I suggest you start there. In the C++ Developer forums, you'll find some very experienced experts who (IMHO) will offer you good advice:


    You also might consider asking in the C# Developer forums to get some feedback from active .NET practicioners. (I hope the moderators will cut me a bit of slack here, as posting the same question in multiple forums is frowned on in most situations.)


    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 10:33 PM