Date Added: Mar 2010
C/C++ Development Tool (CDT) is a fully functional C and C++ Integrated Development Environment (IDE), which is based on the Eclipse platform. An IDE is a software application that provides comprehensive facilities to computer programmers for software development. They provide higher productivity to the programmer by providing tightly-knit components with similar user interfaces. Most of the development environments are only available for single operating system, while Eclipse has come up with a cross-platform development environment. Initially it was written only for Java and called the Java Development Tool (JDT), but the programme has an equally good development mode for C/C++. This paper is focused on providing step by step guidelines on how to install an Eclipse CDT, or addressing the problems usually confronted while installing the Eclipse CDT on Windows, Linux/Unix, or Mac OS X. The first step to Eclipse CDT installation is to install a Compiler since Windows does not come with a built-in compiler, unlike Linux/Unix or Mac OS X distributions that have an in-built compiler. After the compiler is in place, the next thing to do is to set up the Path environment variables. Environment variables are followed by installing a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) for Eclipse setup, since it was first written in Java platform. The final step of the installation is to download the CDT tool from the website and then configure the CDT.