IDE,Linker,Editor,Console And Debugger

Posted by Tushar Bedekar
Basically If We talk About writing the "C Program-me" We usually use the IDES (Integrate Development Environment) such as Turbo C++,Dos box(specially for windows 7 and windows 8). More over one can also use online software's to compile and execute the c program-me.

Integrated Development Environment IDE:-

Basically place that we use to write the "C program-me" is referred to as the Integrated development environment (IDE).An integrated development environment (IDE) or interactive development environment is a software application that provides comprehensive facilities to computer programmers for software development. An IDE normally consists of a source code editor, build automation tools and a debugger. Most modern IDEs offer Intelligent code completion features.


A linker or link editor is a computer program that takes one or more object files generated by a compiler and combines them into a single executable program.

Definition: To convert Source Code to Machine code takes two phases.
Compilation. This turns the Source Code into Object Code.
 Linking. This collects all the various Object Code files and builds them into an EXE or DLL.
Linking is quite a technical process. The obj files generated by the compiler include extra information that the linker needs to ensure that function calls between different obj files are correctly "joined up".


A text editor is used to edit plain text files.  Text editors differ from word processors, such as Microsoft Word or WordPerfect, in that they do not add additional formatting information to documents.  You might write a paper in Word, because it contains tools to change fonts, margins, and layout, but Word by default puts that formatting and layout information directly into the file, which will confuse the compiler.  If you open a .doc file in a text editor, you will notice that most of the file is formatting codes.  Text editors, however, do not add formatting codes, which makes it easier to compile your code.

An Editor is an program much like a Word Processor that you use to edit the Source Code of any program you write.

Most IDEs come with a built in editor and some will automatically highlight compile errors in the editor to simplify fixing them.


(1) The combination of display monitor and keyboard (or other device that allows input). Another term for console is terminal. The term console usually refers to a terminal attached to a minicomputer or mainframe and used to monitor the status of the system.
(2) Another term for monitor or display screen.
(3) A bank of meters and lights indicating a computer's status, and switches that allow an operatorto control the computer in some way.
(4) A device specially made for game play called a video game console. The player interacts with the game through a controller, a hand-held device with buttons and analog joysticks or pads. Video and sound are received by the gamer though a television. See also console game.
(5) In Windows Home Server the Console is the application software you use to manage Windows Home Server from any of the computers on your home network. Here you can configure back-ups, access add-ins, configure folders, and change Windows Home Server settings.


A special program used to find errors (bugs) in other programs. A debugger allows a programmer to stop a program at any point and examine and change the values of variables.

Most IDEs come with a built in editor and some will automatically highlight compile errors in the editor to simplify fixing them.

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