Get Ready to Feel Intimidated: Compiling and Running C Programs in Visual Studio
Are you ready to be perplexed and feel a burst of emotions as you learn how to compile and run C programs in Visual Studio? It may seem daunting at first, but with the right guidance, it can become a simple process. Follow these steps to begin:
Step 1: Create a New Project
The very first step is to create a new project in Visual Studio. Try not to get too overwhelmed with the following steps:
- Open Visual Studio from your desktop or Start menu.
- Find the “File” option and choose “New” from the dropdown menu.
- In the “New Project” window, select “Visual C++” under “Installed” on the left menu.
- Select “Empty Project” under the “Templates” menu.
- Type the name of your project in the “Name” field and select a suitable location to save your project files.
- Click on “Create” to create your new project.
Step 2: Add a New C File
Once you’ve created a new project, the next step is to add a new C file. Brace yourself, this may get a little intense:
- Right-click on the “Source Files” folder in the Solution Explorer and select “Add” and choose “New Item.” Or, alternate option, click on “Project” and select “Add New Item”
- In the “Add New Item” window, choose “C++ File (.cpp)” from the list.
- Name the file with the extension .c (e.g., main.c).
- Click the “Add” button to add the file to your project.
Step 3: Write Your C Program
Now it’s time to write your C program in the editor. Deep breaths everyone, we got this:
- Double click on the file you added to open it.
- Enter your source code in the editor.
- Save your file.
Step 4: Build Your Project
After writing your C program, you need to compile it to generate an executable file. Let’s take it one step at a time:
- Click “Build” under the menu bar.
- Choose “Build Solution” from the dropdown menu.
- Now, wait for Visual Studio to build your project.
Step 5: Run Your Program
Are you ready to execute your program? Let’s see it in action:
- Click “Debug” under the menu bar.
- Choose “Start Without Debugging” from the dropdown menu.
- And now we wait for Visual Studio to execute your program:
If your program has no errors, it should successfully execute at this point.
Who would have thought compiling and running C programs in Visual Studio could be so complex and thrilling?! But there you have it–a straightforward process that involves creating a new project, adding a new C file, writing your C program, building the project, and running your program. With this guide, you can easily start writing C programs in Visual Studio. So now, go forth and conquer!