A Beginners C++

Peter Kitson

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5 C++ development environment


Usually it is necessary to learn how to use:

  • a "command language" for a computer system, (e.g. Unix shell or DOS commands)

  • an editor (specialised word processor)

  • a "make" system that organizes the compilation of groups of files

  • a compiler

  • a linking-loader and its associated libraries.

Fortunately, if you are working on a personal computer (Macintosh or PC) you will usually be able to use an "Integrated Development Environment" (IDE).

An IDE packages all the components noted above and makes them available through some simple to use visual interface.

On a Intel 486-, or Pentium- based PC system, you will be using either Borland's C++ environment or Microsoft's C++. On a Macintosh system, you will probably be using Symantec C++. These systems are fairly similar.

They employ a variety of different windows on the screen to present information about a program (usually termed a "project") that you are developing.

At least one of these windows will be an editing window where you can change the text of the source code of the program. Another window will display some kind of summary that specifies which files (and, possibly, libraries) are used to form a program. Figure 5.1 illustrates the arrangement with Symantec 8 for the Power PC.

The editing window is on the left, the project window is to the right.