TARGET AUDIENCE:HIGH SCHOOL & UNDER GRADUATE COLLEGE STUDENTS
Well in undergraduate college courses we all are taught to write programs in C/C++ etc we all are very happy and enthusiastic about it but little do we know about the stark realities of real word programming !!
the TURBO C++ IDE used in most colleges and homes by students is though easy ( if i may call it so :)) to learn doesn’t teach us good project management skills. I know that project management skill like code reuse , splitting the code into many files etc can be done even in this IDE but the point is that it doesn’t enforce it !!
So let me point out a few popular IDEs
(i will not feature CODE::BLOCKS as i myself have not used it fellow developers are welcome to leave comments about the use of CODE::BLOCKS IDE)
that are available to students using linux
( i am a staunch supporter of linux )
it is a very simple IDE and IDEAL for beginners if you are using UBUNTU you’ll most probably find it in the repositories.
NOTE: it does not have a debugger built in.And has very elementary project management features.
to compile a sample C code
printf(“Hello, World !!\n”);
step 1.click on File->New
step 2.replace all the text with the code given above.
step 3.save the file
step 4.click Build->compile (it should not give any errors)
step 5.click Build->build (it should not give any errors)
step 6.click Build->execute.
Voila !! there you have your output.
Note: incase you are using math.h header file
goto build->set includes & arguments
and change the compile entry to gcc -Wall -c -lm “%f”
and build entry to gcc -Wall -lm “%f”
It is a very mature and stable and useful and …. IDE ideal for many practical uses but for now i will explain only how to write and compile a sample C code
1.click on File->New->project
3.Project Type select “Generic” under the C tab.
4.give a relevant project name (***without spaces***) and forward
5.destination :select the path of an empty folder.
7.in the files sidebar select “src”->”main.c”
8.you are by default given a sample hello world program
9.click on Build->compile
you should be able to see the “Hello world” output in a seperate window
NOTE:in case you are using the math.h header file
in files sidebar select “src”->MakeFile
in that replace the entry on the 86th line
“CPP = gcc -E” with “CPP = gcc -E -lm”
and save the makefile you may need to change the g++
entries if you are using c++ to code.
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