Originally posted by HappyTux
You need to install the developement packages.
You can't tell whether the devel packages are installed or not from the information he's given you. ./configure is a script often provided with program source code, but is not essential and is sometimes not provided at all. Do not mistake that for Make which is a program, rather than a script, and is part of the development packages. configure is just a script (./configure means you're executing it in the current directory) and is not a program in the system like Make or gcc.
In short, the program you're trying to create may not use the autotools and may therefore not have a configure script. There should be a README or INSTALL file included though, try reading that...it may be that you just need to edit the Makefile and type 'make'. If typing 'make' produces bash: command not found, then you indeed do not have the development packages installed.