Is there Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition for mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by grosslyclever, Jul 6, 2009.

  1. macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2009
    Is there a version of Microsoft Visual Studio for mac?
  2. macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2009
    Is there Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition for mac?

    Is there Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition for mac?

    - GC
  4. macrumors member


    Jun 18, 2009
    SF Bay Area, CA
    I don't think can use Xcode or a lot of open source editors and compilers. Ofcourse, there is always the command line.
  5. Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    If you want to actually program Windows software, to be run solely on using Windows APIs in Visual Studio, I don't think gcc or XCode is really going to cut it. Generally, if you wanted to do that and you wanted to develop on Apple hardware, your major options are to run Windows in either virtualization (Parallels / VMWare, etc) or directly (Bootcamp).

    Also, one thread per topic, please. If you're not sure where it should go, put it in what you think is the most appropriate forum (no cross-posting) and we will move it if necessary.
  6. macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    No. The Mac equivalent is Xcode.
  7. macrumors demi-god


    Apr 10, 2006
    Ellicott City, MD
    If you want to do basic .NET stuff you can install Mono. It's an open source .NET framework and IDE for Linux and OS X. I use Mono to write .NET code that runs on my server. I can even reference Windows DLLs and the code compiles and runs.
  8. macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    Answer: No. Question: What is your real question? Take it as practicing being a software developer. The most important question is always: What is the real question?
  9. macrumors 68040


    Jan 10, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    or similarly:
    What is the problem you're trying to solve?
    Often when i get questions they're in the form of "How do i do X, it's not working/it's too slow/etc.?" and I have to ask "What problem are you trying to solve?" or "Why are you trying to do that?". It's often doing someone a disservice if i tell them how to do what they wanted to do, because it's the wrong approach in the first place.

    So, to the OP:
    Do you want to learn to program in general, and you never have before?
    Do you want to learn to program for the Mac, and you've only programmed Visual C++ on Windows?
    Do you want to program C++ on the Mac but you've only programmed in other languages?

    Help us narrow down your needs and we can better help. Otherwise, the only answer we can give is "No".

  10. macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2009
    No. Visual Studio is Microsoft's integrated development environment for Windows programming. Apple has their own XCode environment, which uses the open source Gnu Compiler Collection for C/C++/Objective-C development. Once you download XCode, you can also use other IDEs such as the cross platform Eclipse (, my personal preference) and Sun Microsystem's Netbeans ( Or, you can do it the old fashion way and fire up vim or emacs in a terminal.

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