On the advise of ~S.O.S~, i checked out code blocks.
It's rather intuitve to use. (It has to be, the documentation is very limited.) The debugger works well with it. In fact i used the step function to find a place where i was stuck in a loop. The yellow cursor arrow allows you to "follow along" in the code as you step. Very cool.
Perhaps this is 'old hat" for you pro's out there, but it impressed the hell out of a noob like me!
The only problem I had with the install was on Linux.
The program requires you to pre-install the wxGTK package. Once this is done, everthing installs as advertised. Windows XP pro had no issues at all.
Thanks for the info!!!