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Linux Journal: Developing C/C++ Applications with the KDevelop IDE

Mar 06, 2002, 21:31 (1 Talkback[s])
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"The aim of this article is to enable you to create an application with the KDevelop Integrated Development Environment (IDE) on a Linux/UNIX system running KDE 2. We explain this process by creating a sample application that gives some insight into the development framework and how it works. This might require getting your development environment set up correctly, so that you can work efficiently when getting started with your very own application or extension for the KDE 2 Desktop.

An IDE provides the user with a complete set of tools that integrate into one graphical environment. It's an enormous bonus for developers if the environment remains flexible enough to handle things separately or outside of the IDE, so they are not forced to use the IDE's features where they think other tools are more appropriate.

Although IDEs on other platforms, especially on Microsoft operating systems, come with all the tools bundled into one package, it's very different on a UNIX system. With UNIX, the compiler, which is needed to create applications from the programming code that can be run on a machine, is part of the operating system. Various tools that can be used in conjunction with the compiler, like make or the GNU tools, are delivered as separate packages, and an IDE makes use of these tools internally."

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