Please help with my first program!

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    Angry Please help with my first program!

    Hi! I'm in a C Programming class and just today downloaded notepad++ and the borland 5.5 compiler. It took me so long to get it to accept the include statements and after a lot of googling I finally figured it out. Now my simple test program won't work! It says statement missing ; in function main. Here is the program, very simple:

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    #include <stdio.h>
    int main( )
    {
        printf( "hello\n" );
        return 0;
    }
    I asked on another message board and everyone agreed it looks fine? Can my compiler not read the ";"?? Is it because I have windows 8? I don't know what's wrong! Please help me!

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    The code seems to be ok. You can compile it online if you wish.

    You are not ok with your installation.
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    It’s 2014 and I still use printf() for debugging.


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    Is there anything you can recommend me to do to fix the problem?

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    Also, I clicked your link and tried to put my code in there and click "run" and got "An error occured. Please contact support@sourcelair.com". Is it my computer?? I don't understand!

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    I do not have a clue about the installation problem. I copy pasted the code you posted and hit run and got the "hello" output. Trust me the code can run. The problem is in the installation.
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    It’s 2014 and I still use printf() for debugging.


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    I installed it exactly the same on my boyfriend's computer (windows 7) and it worked fine. Could it be windows 8?? Does anyone else have issues coding with windows 8??

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    Did you copy and past actual code into your post, or did you type in what you think the code does? If so, the code you are compiling may not be the code you have posted here. There are quite a few possibilities (leaving out a single character, inserting another) that might explain your problem.

    Another possibility is that you did something when editing your file that caused notepad++ to insert some other character into your source file. (some characters are invisible on screen, depending on editor settings. If one of those is looking like a space in the printf() statement ..... ).

    Another possibility, as others have said, is a compiler installation problem (that wouldn't explain why online compiling is failing, but would explain the problem with header files). Try uninstalling and reinstalling (if that is a word) your compiler. With an older compiler like Borland 5.5, you almost certainly need to install it using an account with administrative privileges. Windows 8 settings might be affecting installation in other ways, but I doubt it.
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    Thank you guys so much! Since you said it was installation I did also go ahead and re-install everything on my computer in a different folder and tried again and it worked. I don't know what happened but it works now! Thanks!

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    heyy heres what u can do.. instead of writing in notepad++ u cn download an IDE.. download codeblocks or dev c++ ... both of these hav an inbuilt compiler & editor.. ur code is totaly fine.. try running ur code in codeblocks or dev c++ .. it should work fine..

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    Please don't use an old compiler like Borland 5.5.
    Please don't use an old, buggy, unsupported IDE like Dev-C++ as suggested by our txt-speaking friend directly above, unless you opt for the up-to-date Orwell Dev-C++ that's currently being maintained.

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    if you use devcpp .... you have the proble so am i. i use developer priview. hahahahahaha the g++ will debug autmatically

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