Has anyone used The Astronomy on the Personal Computer book by Montenbruck and Pfleger? It covers quite a lot of useful astronomical techniques, and provides the C++ code on a CD-ROM to compile and operate them. I haven't bought the book yet, but I have a borrowed copy. To compile code they suggest GNU C++, Visual C++, and, on the CD, a compiler they provide. They mention a Linux C++ compiler, but I use a PC. It's been a long time since I used C++, but I do have it on my PC, as part of MinGW. Does anyone have experience compiling these programs to a executable form? I'm particularly interested in the FOTO program which produces, e.g., accurate positions of stars in a field of stars. In the meantime, I'll go back to looking at a few of my old C++ books, and the MinGW compiler.