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Difference Between VC++ and C++

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Microsoft Visual C++ (also known as VC++ or MSVC) is an integrated development environment (or IDE) product that was engineered by Microsoft for the C, C++, and C++/CLI programming languages. VC++ includes tools that are used specifically for developing and debugging C++ code –most notably that code which is written for the Microsoft Windows API, the DirectX API, and the Microsoft .NET Framework. There are both 32 bit and 16 bit versions of VC++, both with multiple permutations therein.

C++ is most notably an extension of the C programming language. As its own language, it is a statically typed, free form, multi-paradigm, compiled, general purpose programming language. Because it is comprised of a combination of features from both high level and low level language, it is thought of as a middle level language itself. As it was originally designed as an extension of the C programming language, its original name was C with Classes (until 1983, in which its name was changed to C++).

As of right now there are four current versions of VC++ that are available for use. These four versions are Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition (which is also available in two forms: as a part of Microsoft Visual Studio and as a standalone Express Edition product), Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Standard, Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional, and Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Team System. As it is, VC++ comes standard with Visual Studio. There is also a fifth VC++ version known as Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Express. This permutation is available as a free download at the MSDN website. An earlier version of VC++, Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Express, is also available as a free download at the MSDN website.

C++ is used to design hardware –a process by which a designs is initially described with the C++ language, analysed, architecturally constrained, and scheduled to create a register transfer level hardware description language (that is, an HDL) through high level synthesis. Its characteristics are simple in aim –it is statically designed in order to be as efficient and portable as the C language, it is designed to directly and comprehensively support multiple styles of programming, it is designed in order to give the programmer the choices that are best for their goals (regardless of if those choices are incorrect), and it was also designed to function without an environment that is particularly sophisticated (simple enough to work through).


1. VC++ is an IDE product engineered by Microsoft for the C, C++, and C++/CLI programming languages; C++ is an extension of the C programming language.

2. VC++ comes in four specific versions as well as two editions that are available for free download on the MSDN website; C++ is used to design hardware.

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