Microsoft Visual C++ Toolkit 2003

The Microsoft Visual C++ Toolkit 2003 is now available as a free download – which means, all those of you out there who have not been able to upgrade to the latest version of VS.NET or VC++.NET due to monetary reasons, can still get to play with the latest C++ compiler/linker from Microsoft (including support for the CLR via the managed extensions). You have the entire CRT/STL and .NET BCL to fool around with though you won’t have MFC and ATL, but I doubt that you’ll miss MFC/ATL when you have the 1000s of BCL classes to use as an alternative.

It doesn’t come with a debugger though, and while you can use the .NET SDK debugger for managed code, you might want to get the Microsoft Debugging Tools (which is another free download) for debugging native code.

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