I used to do some programming in C, mostly related to modifying a mud known as ROM 2.4. I've never worked in C++
Recently I've become interested in the program Stockfish, a computer chess-playing program, that has been written in C++
I was looking over the program, saw some things and thought, "That's really dumb... why don't they just change it like so..." and the urge has come over me to tweak it a bit and then compile it.
So I went online looking for a reasonable (ideally free) compiler. I found a thread that said, "Why not just get a good IDE?"
Then I thought... isn't an IDE a type of hard drive? So then I realized that I was out of my depth, so I came here.
What's an IDE? Why is it better than a compiler? Is there an easy-to-use C++ compiler for windows 7 that I can use to get Stockfish up and running on my PC?