CPP Development cycle and tools

Development Cycle and Tools.

C++ Development Cycle:

  • The procedure to develop and run a C++ program is to start with writing your C++ source code that you compile and and then link your object file with other object files to a complete executable program.
  • The development cycle is a repeating process depending on failures and/or need of changes.
  • For the compiling and linking, you need a C++ compiler/linker tool, which several vendors have developed for free use.
  • In these learning sessions, we will use the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition, which is free.
  • If you would like to try all the examples from the following learning sessions, please download and install Microsoft Visual C++ 20xx Express Edition.
  • It is not required, but it is normal to have to kind of source code files:
    1. A File, called header file, that contains constants, declarations and redefined types and have the extension .hpp (prefered) or .h. (some developers use other extension as well)
    2. A File, called source file, that contains implementation code for any declaration done in the header file, and have the extension .cpp (prefered) or .c (some developers use other extensions as well).
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