Development tools 🛠
To program in C++ you need at least two tools:
The combination of these two things into one tool is called an IDE (integrated development environment).
A code editor allow you to... edit the program code, manage the structure of files in the project and usually has many other useful functions.
A summary of the available editors can be found in Choose an editor.
There you will also find environments with a built-in compiler (eg. Microsoft Visual Studio).
A compiler translates program code into a computer-understandable format only if the code is valid ie. written according to the C++ language syntax.
For a summary of the available compilers, see Choose a compiler.