I'm new to programming, and I am using a Sams book to teach myself C++. The compiler that came with it is called Bloodshed. My problem is, I can't see any of my programs' output. I write the code and I click "compile and run" and a window comes up telling me that I have no errors. But no window ever comes up that shows the output, e.g. "Hello World!" or whatever it is the program is supposed to do. I don't even see a DOS window flicker or anything. I put a cin.get() line in, and even cut and pasted other people's posted code just to see if I could get it to work, and I get nothing. I find C++ really exciting, but I'm banging my head against a wall here. It's probably something really simple, so help me out, please.
Oh yeah, and I can't figure out how to make the program into a stand-alone .exe either.