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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).

Code editors​

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).

Visual Studio Code editor


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.