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Advice on Windows compiler
I have decided to attempt to learn the art of windows programming, which I perceive means I will need to get up to speed in C++. I intend this initially as home hobby, but believe it could have application for with some of my work related projects. I can google and get the hype and adds and all that, and I will, but I am interested in learning your opinions regarding the better development tools available, as well as recommendations on reference materials.