Why shouldn't we use the Turbo C/C++(DOS) compilers?
The Turbo C/C++(16 bit DOS) compilers are over a decade old and do not conform to the current standards well. Its features are poor and only contains libraries for programming in DOS environment. You would have to unlearn most of what you learnt with Turbo C/C++ because those old libraries are of no use in todays 32 and 64 bit computing environments. Many schools and colleges in India still instruct their students to use Turbo C/C++ because their staffs aren't competent enough to learn and teach the new compilers. Even many books written by Indian authors(like Yashwant Kanetkar) still teach using Turbo C/C++, such books should be avoided. There are newer compilers (which are free) such as GCC, VC++ and Dev C++(MinGW
) which should be used instead. Also, there is a new 32 bit Turbo C++ compiler called as Turbo C++ Explorer, to which you can upgrade.
for links to download the new C/C++ compilers and IDEs.