This book will cover setting up SDL 2.0 in Microsoft's Visual C++ Express 2010 IDE. This IDE was chosen as it is available for free online, and is a widely used development environment within the games industry. The application is available at https://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-gb/express. Once the IDE has been installed we can go ahead and download SDL 2.0. If you are not using Windows to develop games, then these instructions can be altered to suit your IDE of choice using its specific steps to link libraries and include files.
SDL 2.0 is still in development so there are no official releases as yet. The library can be retrieved in two different ways: