There are some prerequisites to this tutorial, like having some familiarity with an text editor, and with the use of the command line.
Choosing a good editor for writing C++ source code is a topic for endless debates; but for the basic needs of this tutorial, any editor that can handle plain text (which excludes Word, or OpenOffice) will do. Some generic suggestions are contained in Writing Code.
To become familiar with the command line environment in Linux, you can start with the RedHat Linux Users Guide (put link here), which will also be useful if you are using Apple OsX, or the Cygwin Unix-like environment under Windows.
All the examples have (or should have been) tested on Linux - in particular Scientific Linux 4, with the GNU C++ compiler (g++ version 3.4). They should, but may not, work with other C++ compilers, or with previous or later versions of g++.
Detailed instructions for g++ can be found at (put link here)
For the basic details of how to compile the example codes, you can start by reading Dr. Connell's Start-up notes on Programming in C++