Install a compiler

You may already have a compiler installed. Or, you may not intend to write Components in a compiled language (C, C++). In either case, you're good to go - head over to Developing Systems. Otherwise, see below.

Linux (and OSX)

Try g++ at the prompt. If you get "command not found", try sudo apt-get install g++ to install it.

Windows

We recommend Visual Studio Express C++, though you should be fine with any C/C++ compiler.