Nothing succeeds like success. This chapter focuses on successfully installing and using the C++ compiler—the tool that translates C++ statements into an executable program (or application).
I’m going to assume at first that you’re using Microsoft Visual Studio, Community Edition. This includes an excellent C++ compiler—it’s powerful, fast, and has nearly all of the up-to-date features. However, the Microsoft compiler raises some special issues, and one of the purposes of this chapter is to acquaint you with those issues so you can successfully use C++.
If you’re not using this compiler, skip ahead to the section, “If You’re Not Using Microsoft.”
I’ll get into the more abstract aspects of C++ later, but first let’s get that ...