Turbo C++ Integrated Development Environment
IDE is nothing but Integrated Development Environment in which one can develop,
run, test and debug the application. The Turbo C++ IDE appears as shown in
The C Developing Environment is a screen display with windows and
pull-down menus. The program listing, error messages and other information are
displayed in separate windows. The menus may be used to invoke all the
operations necessary to develop the program, including editing, compiling,
linking, and debugging and program execution. If the menu bar is inactive, it
may be invoked by pressing the [F10] function key. To select different menu,
move the highlight left or right with cursor (arrow) keys. You can also revoke
the selection by pressing the key combination for the specific menu.
Invoking the Turbo C IDE
The default directory of Turbo C compiler is
c:\tc\bin. So to invoke the IDE from the windows you need to double click the TC
icon in the directory
The alternate approach is that we can make a
shortcut of tc.exe on the desktop.
Opening New Window in Turbo C
To type a program, you need to open an Edit
Window. For this, open file menu and click “new”. A window will appear on the
screen where the program may be typed.
Writing a Program in Turbo C
When the Edit window is active, the program
may be typed. Use the certain key combinations to perform specific edit
Saving a Program in Turbo C
To save the program, select save command from the file
menu. This function can also be performed by pressing the [F2] button. A dialog
box will appear asking for the path and name of the file.Provide an appropriate
and unique file name. You can save the program after compiling too but saving it
before compilation is more appropriate.
Making an Executable File in Turbo C
The source file is required to
be turned into an executable file. This is called “Making” of the .exe file. The
steps required to create an executable file are:
1. Create a source file, with a .c extension.
2. Compile the source code into a file with the .obj extension.
3. Link your .obj file with any needed libraries to produce an executable
All the above steps can be done by using Run option from the menu
bar or using key combination Ctrl+F9 (By this linking & compiling is done in one
Compiling and linking in the Turbo C IDE
In the Turbo C IDE, compiling and linking can
be performed together in one step. There are two ways to do this: you can select
Make EXE from the compile menu, or you can press the [F9] key
Correcting Errors in Turbo C
If the compiler recognizes some error, it will let you know through the
Compiler window. You’ll see that the number of errors is not listed as 0, and
the word “Error” appears instead of the word “Success” at the bottom of the
window. The errors are to be removed by returning to the edit window. Usually
these errors are a result of a typing mistake. The compiler will not only tell
you what you did wrong, they’ll point you to the exact place in your code where
you made the mistake.
Executing a Programs in Turbo C
If the program is compiled and linked without errors, the program is
executed by selecting Run from the Run Menu or by pressing the [Ctrl+F9] key
Exiting Turbo C IDE
An Edit window may be closed in a
number of different ways. You can click on the small square in the upper left
corner, you can select
close from the window menu, or you can press the Alt+F3
combination. To exit from the IDE, select Exit from the File Menu
or press Alt+X Combination.
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