Borland C++ 5.5
With the release of C++ Builder 5, Borland
had released the command-line compiler and tools for free. They can be downloaded from
here. A separate download
is the 32-bit console Turbo Debugger.
To get started, read Ed Mulroy's How-to,
Borland's article about
the command-line tools, Helmut Pharo's page, and
Leon Matthews article.
Note: Helmut Pharo original site is offline, but archived copy can be found at the
Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
Questions about the free compiler can be asked in
Borland public newgroups:
borland.public.install.cppbuilder for instalation-related questions, and
borland.public.cppbuilder.commandlinetools for generic questions.
Also I have compiled a small FAQ from the problems discussed in these newsgroups.
Currently there are several free integrated development environments which can be used with the free compiler:
Also Karst Drenth has written a tool which allows integration of the free command-line tools in Borland C++ 5.x IDE.
It can be downloaded from the Add-Ons page.
There is a DOS extender, which allows 32-bit console programs written with the free compiler to
be executed under pure DOS (not Win32 console). For more information go
Here is a page
about BCC++ 5.5 and Tcl.
Here is a page
about BCC++ 5.5 and Boost libraries.
The free compiler does not include any GUI framework, but it can be used with the free open-sourced
WxWindows, with OWLNext,
or with TrollTech's Qt.
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