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Ive got Blend for Microsoft VS 2012. This is an IDE correct? sorry I am new to all this. So how do I open up the compiler? I cant figure out how to use VS to start programming in C++. I am currently starting to learn C++. However, I need the compiler which I have no idea how to use. Help please, thank you, much appreciated. Also, if someone would like, anyone wanna Skype to give me C++ lessons, I might learn faster, and also to use VS and SDL (later on) to make games and such. I am a level 0 Game developer, but I do have the will and I am a quick learner. Thanks

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You could install code::blocks. It's a free Integrated Development Environment (IDE). (In code::blocks you'll be able to compile C and C++ code without any considerable difficulty and the software is cross-platform).

http://www.codeblocks.org/

But, considering the fact that you're new to this madness. I would ABSOLUTELY recomend you this website:

https://www.khanacademy.org/cs

The programing language of the website is "Javascript". The programming language now is almost irrelevant. I suggest you to pick up something that your brain shall digest without too much excruciatingly unbearable suffering, like Python or Javascript.

Try to learn programming concepts and paradigms without focusing to much on the IDE or Programming Language or whatever. In my opinion, Khan Academy is the BEST place to start learning how to PROGRAM anything. Starting directly with C++ could leave you blind by darkness in an unfathomable abyss without a flashlight, and I'm not overreacting. Most people learn how to program in courses, and I've learned and am learning by my own, so I know how painful it can be.

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Ive got Blend for Microsoft VS 2012. This is an IDE correct?

Hey MrCbrI95,

 

Microsoft Blend isn't really an IDE - it's more of a user interface designer (application window layout, dialogue boxes etc).

 

Visual Studio is the IDE that you're after (http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/eng/downloads). Once you have it installed you can create a new project, and then add your source files to the project so they can be compiled.

 

You might find this helpful: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms165079.aspx

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(This Section has been Edited.  Apparently it contained bad advice although it was working for me So I have removed it ) All of the above mentioned are good as well.  Focus on learning the language first.  A good book to start can be found at the on-line bookstores.  Learning C++ through Game Programming.  This book aides in teaching C++ and some game mechanics.  There are NO Graphics in this book though, its primary focus is on learning C++ and Games

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Another IDE for C++ is from Bloodshed.net DEV-C++ (Free)

 

A word on Dev-C++: Last I checked, it is no longer being updated, so it has become outdated. It's something to think about should you decide to go that way. Not to deter you from it, just putting the details on the table.

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A word on Dev-C++: Last I checked, it is no longer being updated, so it has become outdated. It's something to think about should you decide to go that way. Not to deter you from it, just putting the details on the table.

 

This is true.  Simply just trying to put another option out there.  Being Free and easy to use, it is still not a bad launching platform.  If a person likes the C++ thay can then upgrade to the more Complicated Platforms ( and I mean complicated from a True Beginner's perspective < I am way past that Now )

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Yeah guys thanks for the advise, I figured out I had the wrong VS haha. I got the correct one. Turns out someone whos ben making games for a while is gunna tutor me. He's gunna have me start out making games using JS and  HTML5 though.  Thank you everyone for the advise.

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You could install code::blocks. It's a free Integrated Development Environment (IDE). (In code::blocks you'll be able to compile C and C++ code without any considerable difficulty and the software is cross-platform).

http://www.codeblocks.org/

But, considering the fact that you're new to this madness. I would ABSOLUTELY recomend you this website:

https://www.khanacademy.org/cs

The programing language of the website is "Javascript". The programming language now is almost irrelevant. I suggest you to pick up something that your brain shall digest without too much excruciatingly unbearable suffering, like Python or Javascript.

Try to learn programming concepts and paradigms without focusing to much on the IDE or Programming Language or whatever. In my opinion, Khan Academy is the BEST place to start learning how to PROGRAM anything. Starting directly with C++ could leave you blind by darkness in an unfathomable abyss without a flashlight, and I'm not overreacting. Most people learn how to program in courses, and I've learned and am learning by my own, so I know how painful it can be.

 

I second the above code::blocks is really easy to use and setup

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