4.5 Projects


4.5 Projects

When a programmer sits down to write a new program in an IDE, he creates a new project. This project will contain all the instruction text files written in C++ and any other files deemed to be relevant. C++ files typically have the file extensions .c, .cpp, .h, and .hpp. When the time comes to assemble the program into an executable form, all the files contained in a project are typically compiled together by the compiler, and then the program can be run. If there's a problem with the program, programmers can go back and edit the source code, compile again, and run to see the new program with changes included.

Creating a new project is the first step to perform when preparing to write a new program. The procedure for doing this will be slightly different depending on which IDE the reader has selected.

4.5.1 Starting a New Visual C++ Project

To create a new project in Visual Studio .NET, perform the following:

  1. Click File | New | Project.

  2. In the New Project dialog, select Visual C++ Projects from the Project Types tree view.

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    Figure 4.4

  3. In the Templates box, a number of different project types for C++ are listed. Any kind can be selected, but I recommend starting with Win32 Console Application.

  4. In the Name and Location edit boxes beneath, select a name for the project and a location where it is to be saved.

  5. Click OK.

  6. A wizard dialog appears in which application settings can be customized. To start, it's probably sensible to accept the defaults.

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    Figure 4.5

  7. Click Finish.

  8. A new project is then ready to begin.

4.5.2 Starting a New Code::Blocks Project

To create a new project in Code::Blocks, perform the following:

  1. Click File | New | Project.

  2. A number of different project types for C++ are listed in the large box. Any kind can be selected, but I recommend starting with Console Application.

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    Figure 4.6

  3. Click Go.

  4. A wizard dialog appears where users can enter a project name and a location where the project will be saved. Click Next.

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    Figure 4.7

  5. The next wizard dialog gives the user some configuration options. Unless you have specific requirements, you can simply click Next.

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    Figure 4.8

  6. A new project is then ready to begin.

4.5.3 Starting a New Dev C++ Project

To create a new project in Dev C++, perform the following:

  1. Click File | New | Project.

  2. A number of different project types for C++ are listed in the New project dialog. Any kind can be selected, but I recommend starting with Console Application.

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    Figure 4.9

  3. Click OK.

  4. A dialog appears in which users can enter a location where the project will be saved.

  5. A new project is then ready to begin.




Introduction to Game Programming with C++
Introduction to Game Programming with C++ (Wordware Game Developers Library)
ISBN: 1598220322
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2007
Pages: 225
Authors: Alan Thorn

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