However, I also need a compiler, or IDE, whatever the hell the difference is. Atm all I got is Microsoft Visual Studio 2005. Maybe it's the shit, I don't know, because back when I was doing C++ I was using Borland builder, where I would make a file with a main function and just run into console. But NOW, I go into Microsoft Visual Studio and it needs me to make a friggin project for something as simple as printing "hello world"! I spent an hour just figuring out how to compile a cout!
And when I wanna start a new project, I get a list of like fifteen templates, such as console application, win32 application, MFC, etc and I have no idea wth I need them for. All I want is a blank cpp file to which I can create my own linkage.
Whatever, I'm ranting, maybe its terrific, maybe I just gotta learn the distinctions between the templates. I dunno.
But before I go through all that trouble, I'm wondering if someone wouldn't mind telling me of another compiler. Anyone been using c++ professionally for the past 2-3 years that have some in-depth input?
Also, some tips on good books would be awe-sum. I've been programming for well over a decade, started with c++ about 7-8 years ago, been doing high level languages since then. Would really appreciate some help.