Honing Your Tools

Before you begin your exploration of the C++ landscape, you must gather some basic supplies: a text editor, a C++ compiler, a linker, and a debugger. You can acquire these tools separately or bundled, possibly as a package deal with an integrated development environment (IDE). Options abound, regardless of your platform, operating system, and budget.

If you are taking a class, the teacher will provide the tools or dictate which tools to use. If you are working at an organization that already uses C++, you probably want to use its tools, so you can become familiar with them and their proper use. If you have to acquire ...

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