Video Steps to Installing Eclipse for C++ on Windows XP

Installing Eclipse to do C++ development on any operating system involves several steps; the links below show how to do it using Windows XP.

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  1. Install a C++ compiler, debugger, and make utility (For Windows, we will use Cygwin's versions of g++, gdb, and make; under MacOS, you can get these by installing the Developers Tools -- Xcode, etc -- on your system.):
    1. Find the Cygwin site.
    2. Launch Cygwin.
    3. Select the right packages.
    4. Install the packages.
  2. Update your PATH environment variable so that the system can find the C++ compiler, debugger, and make.
  3. Install the Eclipse IDE for Java developers:
    1. Download Eclipse.
    2. Extract/Install Eclipse.
    3. Launch Eclipse.
  4. Install CDT, the C++ plugin for Eclipse.
  5. Test your installation.

The installation should go smoothly if you follow these steps in order. If you already have Eclipse for Java development installed on your system, you may skip step 3. You need to have the C++ compiler, debugger, and make installed before you install CDT, as CDT looks for them when it is installed, so make certain you complete steps 1 and 2 before you begin step 4.

These instructions use Cygwin 1.7.7, Eclipse 3.6 (Helios), and CDT 7.0.1, which were the current versions when these videos were created. The steps to install subsequent versions of Cygwin, Eclipse, and CDT should be similar.

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