Software to test simple C++ programs

By cableman
Jan 24, 2012
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  1. I am taking an online course for Web Design but they have me taking a programming class to go along with it. I don't really have a problem with it but it has been so long since I programmed basic; and that's what they claim this C++ is, is just a newer version of basic.

    I really need a program that I can open up and then paste my C++ program that I wrote into the work area and let it run and test it for errors. I did some research online and from my reading it seems clear that there are software programs out there to do just that but I can't seem to get a name or link to any of them.

    If anyone knows what I am talking about I could even use just a name. If I knew the name of a good one or two then I could google them. I did find something called "codeblocks" but I don't think that is what I'm looking for I'm not sure. I am going to look around some more now, if anybody knows something that will help me then please point me in the right direction. Thanks
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,138   +985

    dear cableman: PLEASE don't read that I'm taking a dump on you; I truly wish to get you pointed in the right direction.
    Really strange; Web servedr side programming can be done in anything, but C++ would really be strange
    VB is a procedural language and interpretive.
    C++ is object oriented and you don't just 'test' it, you need to compile it and then run
    it with different data (ie test cases).

    News to me and I've been doing web programming for over a decade.
    If the instructor says you need C++, then part of the course description should have
    disclosed the prerequisits - - A commercial C++ Compiler for Windows.
    (you may also look via google for a free one; eg: the CGWIN linux emulator has compliers too).

    Web programming has two universes: stuff in the browser and programs on the webserver.

    *Browsers interprete HTML, CSS, Javascripts and run Java Applets (which by the way is also Object Oriented but not well received in the real world).
    DHTML allows access the the HTML DOM structure, but is usually manipulated with Javascript.

    *Web server programs begin life via the CGI interface (usually a scripting language like PHP, Perl) and then may invoke a heavy weight program in C++

    Perchance are you taking a course for a certificate from one of those For Profit schools?
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,138   +985

    btw: The CYGWIN/C++ will not be of value to you - - it's a command line interface and you're looking for a GUI IDE (Integrated Development Environment).
  4. m4D

    m4D TS Rookie

    check out devcpp (and it's successor wxdev-cpp). nice ide

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