Class 1: General Architecture
- Section 1.1of Absolute C++
- This lecture doesn't really talk about programming. I'm just listing the
basic topics here (Topic 1 will take up most of the time, most likely) rather
than giving complete lecture notes. Complete notes will start with the next
- Parts of a computer: CPU, main memory, persistent storage (hard drive),
input (keyboard), output (monitor)
- Filesystems: Tree structure, programs as files, etc. [It will
probably save you many headaches if you go to "Start" -> "Settings" ->
"Control Panel" -> "Folder Options" and make sure that under the "View"
tab you have "Hide file extensions for known file types" off (i.e.
unchecked). When this is on, you won't always see the full name of a file,
which can be confusing!]
- Creating files: quick notepad, side note [It's hard not to create
files! Try going to amazon.com, and then check your cookies! It created a
- Your ultimate goal as a C++ programmer is to create a file - a file that
is a program!
- Internet (Extending your filesystem): Tree structure in the
underlying filesystems (go to CS Dept
Webpage (http://www.usna.edu/CS/) and work to, for example, the Class 1
page for this course, to demonstrate), but of course we jump around almost
randomly using hypertext links. The "web" is sort of like other people
letting you look at their filesystems!
- More internet: with ftp you can read and write to other
people's filesystems! What you can't do is run programs on their machine.
You'll be using ftp on occasion in this class. (Everyone should have WS_FTP
on their machines in Bancroft.)
- You have two accounts associated with being a computer science
or IT major. You have a Windows account and a Unix account, and you'll keep
these accounts while you're here, using different accounts for different
classes and tasks.
- The department has several online resources for CS majors. Important to
you will be
- In class we'll bring up the Visual Studio 6 environment and show you
what the basic process of creating a program will look like.
Assoc Prof Christopher
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