The C/C++ perspective

The C/C++ perspective is where you develop and build your projects. As indicated earlier (Projects in the IDE ), a project is a container for organizing and storing your files.

Besides writing code and building your projects, you may also debug and analyze your programs from the C/C++ perspective.

You'll find complete documentation on the C/C++ perspective, including several tutorials to help you get started, in the core Eclipse platform documentation set ( Help > Help Contents > C/C++ Development User Guide .)

The views in the C/C++ perspective are driven primarily by selections you make in the C/C++ editor and the Project Explorer view. The Project Explorer view is configured specifically for C and C++ development.

For information about the Project Explorer view: See these sections in the Workbench User Guide:
Toolbar and icons Concepts > Views > Project Explorer view
Right-click context menu Reference > User interface information > Views and editors > Project Explorer view

Wizards and launch configurations

To create and run your first program, you'll use two major facilities within the IDE:

  • wizards — for quickly creating your projects
  • launch configurations — for setting up how your program should run

After you've used these features of the IDE for the first time, you'll be able to create, build, and run your programs very quickly.