Define a few words for me

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    Define a few words for me

    O, as u know by me asking these questions that I am a big newbie. can sumone define "compiler" and "IDE" for me. I hear it every where on here. Thanks. Im pretty sure i know what a compiler is but I need to b sure.heh
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    IDE = Integrated Development Enviroment.

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    lol, describe it for me... sure i could look it up but i find it much more understadning when a real person explains to me or tells me. thx
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    A compiler takes the source code and makes it into machine language to be run as a program by the computer.

    IDE is simply a way to view the source file in a pretty way (it's a little more complicated with MSVC++ though)...
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    The IDE is typically based around a language sensitive editor, which enables you to enter and edit your code, (and it may offer things like auto indenting, line completion, and a whole load of other features).

    Most C/C++ IDE's will also have a resource file composer/editor, debugging tools, memory watchers, profilers and all sorts of gadgets to help you write better programs.

    The compiler, as has been said already, is simply a program for translating source code into relocatable object code.
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    and then u link the object code to the libraries.. right? and creates the executable.
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    The linker locates the object code produced by the compiler, and resolves all the external references to libraries etc. , (or at least, it tries!), so essentially, yes.
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