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Name: Integrated Development Environment
ID: m18920
Language: English (en)
Summary: An explanation of how an IDE processes a source code file into a program that runs on the computer. Categories of errors are discussed and demonstrated with C++ source code files that can be downloaded for practice.
Subject: Science and Technology
License: Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 2.0

Authors: Kenneth Leroy Busbee (
Copyright Holders: Kenneth Leroy Busbee (
Maintainers: Kenneth Leroy Busbee (

Latest version: 1.9 (history)
First publication date: Dec 15, 2008 7:09 am -0600
Last revision to module: Jan 15, 2010 6:54 am -0600


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Version History

Version: 1.9 Jan 15, 2010 6:54 am -0600 by Kenneth Leroy Busbee
Added Google Analytics.

Version: 1.8 May 30, 2009 9:17 am -0500 by Kenneth Leroy Busbee
Minor edits. Updated multimedia files. Added definitions.

Version: 1.7 Jan 7, 2009 3:49 pm -0600 by Kenneth Leroy Busbee
no changes

Version: 1.6 Jan 5, 2009 2:31 pm -0600 by Kenneth Leroy Busbee
Modify the demonstrataio instructions. 

Version: 1.5 Jan 3, 2009 3:08 pm -0600 by Kenneth Leroy Busbee
Fix links to the files.

Version: 1.4 Jan 3, 2009 2:49 pm -0600 by Kenneth Leroy Busbee
Modified module to include demostration source code files for IDE errors.

Version: 1.3 Jan 1, 2009 7:05 am -0600 by Kenneth Leroy Busbee
Minor wording changed. Terms identified.

Version: 1.2 Dec 18, 2008 3:53 pm -0600 by Kenneth Leroy Busbee
Corrections for describing the two pass compiler.

Version: 1.1 Dec 15, 2008 7:26 am -0600 by Kenneth Leroy Busbee
Initial Module.

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