VisualAge C++

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IBM VisualAge C++ (VA C++) is a family of C and C++ development packages available for different platforms and operating systems.


The OS/2 version that replaced the IBM C Set++ for OS/2 product with a more modern visually oriented development system written in Smalltalk like the rest of the VisualAge products. It came with a WPS integrated "Workframe" that replaced the mostly text based WorkFrame/2 and was a integrated product unlike the latter tool, an "Visual Builder" for visual programming of visual and non-visual parts, compiler/linker, a Debugger and sundry build and Make tools and other utilities.

If certain rules were followed code written under the VisualAge C++ system was portable between OS/2, MS Windows and AIX without any changes, and the package offered a number of tools and libraries to ease porting between the supported operating systems.

Program Products


AS/400 Host Server

  • IBM VisualAge C++ for AS/400 V3R6 (1996) - 5716-CX4
  • IBM VisualAge C++ for AS/400 V3R7 (1998) - 5716-CX5
  • IBM VisualAge C++ for AS/400 V4R4 (2000) - 5769-CX5
  • IBM VisualAge C++ Professional for AIX (Jul 1998) - 5765-D52
  • IBM VisualAge C++ Professional for AIX, V5.0 (Mar 2000) - 5765-E26 - introduced ISO C++ 1998
  • IBM VisualAge C++ Professional for AIX, V6.0 (Jul 2002) - 5765-F56, PN 45P8290

Available for AIX and later Linux PowerPC with an additional separate command line only compiler equivalent to the "IBM C and C++ Compilers" that is known as simply "C for AIX".

Linux on pSeries
  • IBM VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux (Apr 2003)
  • IBM VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux refresh (Jan 2004)


  • Nilsson, Jakab: VisualAge for C++ Visual Programmer's Handbook - Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-614322-9


  • IBM commercial software


  • There is a number of optional tools and utilities to be found on the IBM FTP site, these are mostly for the 3.x branch.
  • Updates for the AIX versions of VisualAge C++ can be found here.