Note: This should have been posted under General and not Linux-General. Just for your own future reference. As it doesn't really have anything to do with Linux.
I program in far too many languages (Yes I know brainf*** and INTERCAL -- although don't expect me to do anything useful with them). I have programmed for a very long time and one of the things that really appealed to me about *nix was the access to the various compilers that I wanted to use. Did someone say free compiler?