[c++] What is the difference between C++ and Visual C++?

What is the difference between C++ and Visual C++?

I know that C++ has the portability and all, so if you know C++ how is it related to Visual C++? Is Visual C++ mostly for online apps? Would Visual Basic be better for desktop applications?

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C++ is a standardized language. Visual C++ is a product that more or less implements that standard. You can write portable C++ using Visual C++, but you can also use Microsoft-only extensions that destroy your portability but enhance your productivity. This is a trade-off. You have to decide what appeals most to you.

I've maintained big desktop apps that were written in Visual C++, so that is perfectly feasible. From what I know of Visual Basic, the main advantage seems to be that the first part of the development cycle may be done faster than when using Visual C++, but as the complexity of a project increases, C++ programs tend to be more maintainable (If the programmers are striving for maintainability, that is).


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