+ has someone experiences with Sun Visual WorkShop C++ 5.0 and Gnu C++ as
+ well? I would like to find out possible disadvantages of one or the
+ other. Topics of interests are:
If you're doing this to make a decision about which one to use, then you're
not considering something very important: all compilers have bugs, of one
kind or another. They all have different interpretations and implementations
of the ISO Standard. They all have extensions of one kind or another.
If you're asking "which of these two compilers should I use," the correct
answer is "BOTH of them." That way you keep your code more portable,
and don't accidentally get trapped into using a particular extension,
+ - Compliance to ISO standard
No compiler supports the full standard, but both of the ones you're looking
at are making big improvements.
+ - Responsiveness in case of tracking down bugs / getting patches
For Sun, you definitely want a support contract. For GCC, the
bug-reporting list is very responsive. If there is a particular thing you
want implemented, there are several contract coders that you can pay to
implement that feature and then contribute it to GCC (a bunch of quality
work gets done like that).
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