Chapter 3. Programming Environments

In this chapter:

  • How a computer runs a program

  • How programs are converted into machine language that a program can understand

  • What features typically are included in a development environment

  • What features the Microsoft Visual Studio development environment provides

IN THEORY, YOU COULD WRITE COMPUTER programs using any text editor, but in practice, that would be difficult. Programming languages are extremely picky, so one missing or misplaced character can make a program useless.

To make it easier to write programs that are at least syntactically correct, programming languages typically come with programming environments that include tools to help you design, write, run, test, and debug programs.

This chapter describes ...

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