In This Chapter
Reviewing the compilation process
Installing the Code::Blocks development environment
Testing your installation with a default program
Reviewing the common installation errors
In this chapter, you review what it takes to use C++ source code to create executable programs that you can run on Windows, Linux, or Macintosh computers. Then you install the Code::Blocks integrated development environment used in the remainder of the book — and build a default test program to check out your installation. If all is working, then by the time you reach the end of this chapter, you’ll be ready to start writing and building C++ programs of your own — with a little help, of course!
Reviewing the Compilation Process
You need two programs to create your own C++ programs. First, you need a text editor that you can use to enter your C++ instructions. Any editor capable of generating straight ASCII text letters will work; I’ve written programs using the Notepad editor that comes with Windows. However, an editor that knows something about the syntax ...