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Date: 2009apr1
Language: C/C++
Keywords: free

Q.  Do I have to buy and expensive development environment from Microsoft
(ie Visual C++) to make Windows programs?

A.  No.  There are alternatives:

MinGW 
http://www.mingw.org/
Actively updated.

Borland C++
http://users.actrix.co.nz/dscott/bcc55.html
Not actively updated.

Neither of these have a GUI.
You can use them with the Eclipse IDE.
http://yongshin.blogspot.com/2005/11/how-to-use-cdt-and-mingw-for-eclipse.html

Cygwin is NOT suitable for making native Windows applications.


IDEs (Integrated Development Environments) include:

Dev C++
http://www.bloodshed.net/devcpp.html

Code::Blocks
http://www.codeblocks.org/

Eclipse 
http://www.eclipse.org/

QT Creator
http://www.qtsoftware.com/products/developer-tools

Visual Studio Express
http://www.microsoft.com/Express/vc/

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