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Software Engineering and Computer Games by Rudy Rucker

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20.2. Which version?

One key part of a project’s software requirement is deciding which operating system you want to develop for, and which compiler you are going to use.

It is customary to develop any substantial program within a graphically interfaced environment where you select your compiler and linker settings from dialog boxes, edit your code with word-processing tools, and edit your resources with graphics tools. An IDE (Integrated Development Environment) is also expected to have online help and a full array of debugging tools. Sometimes people also call an IDE a compiler, though really it’s more than that.

We are going to write code which can be used to build programs for the ever-more-numerous Microsoft Windows platforms: Windows 95, ...

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