Using linux from within windows: ubuntu bash, compiling c++, and more

There are a few ways to install and run C++ (or any other programming languages) from windows. For me at least, the easiest by far is to use the windows subsystem for linux (wsl).
This essentially gives the best of both worlds - allowing you to (for example) use windows tools to manage and edit code, while still having full access to linux tools for compiling and running the code.

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Ubuntu (bash) on Windows 10

You can now run ubuntu bash straight from windows 10. For many, this may be a better option that trying to dual boot or run a full virtual machine. It's command-line only (though it does allow screen-forwarding), and gives basic linux functionality without the resource-hog of a full virtual machine, and without the pain or hassle of dual booting.
This post just has a couple of extra steps/tips that helped me make this a much more usable feature.

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