Gavin Greig (ggreig) wrote,
Gavin Greig

What is a C++ compiler?

Does it still qualify if it doesn't include the Standard C++ Library?

While it might still be capable of compiling C++, I'm not sure it is the real deal if it doesn't ship with the Standard C++ Library, and this seems to be the case with the version in the .NET Framework SDK. While I suppose I can see why - the .NET Framework SDK is focussed on compiling C++/CLI, not standard C++ - I don't think it's a sensible omission.

Oddly, it does include the Standard C Library. Why one and not the other?

The .NET Framework SDK is the best way of getting just the command line tools for C++ development onto a build server, and it's a bit of a nuisance to have to copy or install something else to get headers that should ship with the tool.
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