Pelles C is
"a complete development kit for Windows and Pocket PC" centered around
an optimizing C compiler based on
(not lcc-win32/64). Both Win32
and Win64 versions are available and are being actively maintained.
I have yet to try it out, but the integrated development environment
(IDE) screenshots on the website look pretty good. This is probably
a very good choice for people who want to start programming Windows.
Unlike lcc-win32/64, which is free for
personal use, but not for professional use, Pelles C is free for
both personal and commercial use since it is based on the original
I have received several positive
comments on it via e-mail, an example of which (from 12-5-04)
is shown below (though I'm not sure why the need for a command
box should be seen as a drawback ;-).
|Pelles C||last update 6-4-2009|
...I find [it] very useful. It compiles very fast executables and
very tight code. Well-made project management completely
eradicates the need for a command box, and yes, it does PocketPC, WinCE,
and some other cell phones just fine (I have tested them on the
actual systems). It has everything from DOS16, which I used for some time
with Microsoft's QuickBASIC to make some fairly complex programs, to WIN64,
which I have yet to test...I have to say it's the best compiler I've ever used
(and I've used quite a few)...