To set up a C programming environment, you will need the following components:
A text editor: To write the source code of your C program. Examples of popular text editors are Notepad++, Sublime Text, and Visual Studio Code.
A compiler: To compile the source code into an executable program. Examples of popular compilers for C language are GCC (GNU Compiler Collection), Clang, and Microsoft Visual C++.
A terminal: To run the compiled program. On Windows, you can use the Command Prompt, while on Linux and macOS, you can use the terminal.
Here is a step-by-step guide to setting up a C programming environment on Windows:
1. Download and install a text editor of your choice.
2. Download and install a compiler. GCC is a good option and can be obtained from the MinGW website (http://www.mingw.org/).
3. Open the Command Prompt and navigate to the directory where you have saved your C source code file.
4. Compile the source code using the following command:
5. Run the compiled program using the following command:
And that’s it! You now have a basic C programming environment set up on your Windows machine