Bloodshed Dev-C++ is a full-featured Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for the C/C++ programming language. It uses Mingw port of GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) as it's compiler. Dev-C++ can also be used in combination with Cygwin or any other GCC based compiler.

Microsoft and Borland are the two reputable names within the programming world for compilers. They sell compiler software for many programming languages. For the C++ programming language, the Microsoft Visual Studio which includes C++ and Borland C++ Builder are excellent compilers. Often with textbooks or free via the internet; you can get Microsoft’s Visual C++ Express or Borland’s Personal Edition version of a compiler. However, installing either of these compliers can be complex. Microsoft’s Visual Studio compiler often creates a variety of installation problems (such as making sure the operating system and .net components are current) thus making it difficult for students to install at home. These compliers require you to build a project to encompass every program. Using a commercially sold compiler that professional programmers would consider using for project development is fine for professionals but often confusing to beginners. Eventually, if you are going to become a professional programmer, you will need to become familiar with the commercially sold compilers.

We suggest that beginning students consider one of the easier to install compiler software packages for use in a programming fundamentals course. The best option we have found is an open source compiler/IDE (Integrated Development Environment) named: Bloodshed Dev-C++ 5 compiler/IDE.

Installation Instructions for Bloodshed Dev-C++ 5 compiler/IDE

The Version 5 which is well tested (don’t let the beta release scare you) and should work on a variety of machines and various Microsoft Operating systems including Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista. Below are installation instructions for installing it on a machine or installing it on a flash drive. We don’t suggest trying to switch between the machine drive and flash drive. If it is installed on the machine drive and you try installing it on a flash drive, it creates problems and will not work perperly. Either install it on the flash drive to gain your portability or install it on your machine.
Computer Installation Instructions

1. Navigate to the Cpp_Software_Download folder and run the devcpp- software by double cliking on the filename.
2. Use common sense and answer the installation prompts. NOTE THE FOLLOWING TWO ITEMS:
3. When it gets to the "Choose Install Location" use the default software location of: C:\Dev-Cpp\ (or select the location you want to store the installed program but use the default unless you are familiar with installing software).
4. When it asks: "Do you want to install Dev C++ for all users on this computer?" answer "Yes".
5. After it installs, it will ask some "first time configuration" questions. Again, use common sense and answer the questions. NOTE THE FOLLOWING ITEM:
6. Answer "No" to the retrieve information from header files.
7. It will start your compiler/IDE with a "Tip of the day". We suggest you check the box in the lower left and select "Close".
8. Close your compiler/IDE by using the normal red "X" box.
9. You start your compiler software similar to starting any software loaded on your machine ("Start" then "All Programs" then "Bloodshed Dev-C++" then "Dev-C++").

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