Hi I am interested in programming. On the code side of things I am perfectly happy: I have a very small amount of experience with Small Basic and I am willing to work hard to learn.
It's the IDE or compiler, or whatever it is (Visual C++ Express, hence the title) that has confused me. When I tried to write a very simple program (Hello World, mentioned in the tutorial on this site) and run it a window popped up and said: "This project is out of date - Debug Win32 - would you like to build it?". I clicked "Yes" but then a new window appeared, saying "Unable to start program".
Is it that I am being a bit of a newbie??
Can anybody give me any advice about my future in C++ programming also maybe??
Thank you for any answers I might recieve!!!
MSVC Express is a great starting IDE. It's easy to use and doesn't have too much advanced stuff popping up.
To create a basic program, do this:
-Left side: "Visual C++ -> General", right side: "Empty project". Enter a name at the bottom; ignore solution name.
Now, you'll have a blank screen (just the blue VC background), but on the left side you should see "Solution Explorer". In Solution Explorer, you'll see the following:
Solution '<name>', followed by <name> which can be expanded. When it's expanded, you'll see 4 map icons. On of them is titled "Source Files". Right-click it, "Add" -> "New item". On the next screen, select "C++ file (.cpp)". Name it "test.cpp" or something. You'll get a blank file.
In that file, type your code, press F7 (build) and F5 (run/debug).