Chapter 1 and Sections 2.1-2.2 of Problem Solving With C++.
Who is your instructor. Who is your section leader. Role of
the website. Course Policy and CS Department Honor Policy.
Computing resources and course VM.
What is this course about?
This course is an introduction to programming. C++ is
the language we use, but this course is not about learning C++.
It is about learning to program! "How to program" is bigger
than "C++" or any other language. Programming is a creative
process, in which you construct a model world inside the
computer that interacts with the real world via keyboards, mice,
monitors, speakers network connections, and so forth. It's very
rewarding, exciting and - very often - frustrating. We are
going to start slow and focus on solid understanding of
foundational concepts, so please be patient wth the fact that
your programs will usually be reading and writing text and not
interacting with all the fancy peripherals mentioned above.
You'll apply your programming skilz to fun graphicsy stuff next
semester: this semester we focus on programming itself.
programs. You'll noticed that what we do here feels a lot more
low-level, and requires a lot more discipline. The main reason
C++ programs are actually executed by the physical machine. That
fundamental fact leads to a lot of the differences you'll
the code you write is read and processed by the browser, which
then executes the steps demanded by that code. C++ is a
compiled language. This means that the code you write
is read and processed by a special-purpose program called
a compiler, which translates it into the zeros and ones
that the CPU speaks, and stores it in an executable file.
At some later point, the OS is told to start the program stored
in the executable file running, and the CPU initiates its
fetch-decode-excute cycle on the code contained in that file.
You really should review the computer architecture section of
Here's a link to last year's site
All these steps are kind of a pain in the neck, but remember:
we're writing a program that is executing on "bare metal",
i.e. directly on the CPU.
|Use an editor to create
containing the source code
for the program.
Use a compiler (g++ in this case)
to translate the human-readable C++ source code
into machine-readable object code
Use a linker (g++ does this as well)
to combine our object file
with other object files
(like those that take care of input/output)
to create the executable program
Use the OS to initiate execution of
(i.e. start te fetch-decode-execute cycle on)
At the end of the notes for almost every lecture will be a
couple of example problems with solutions. Everyone likes to
see examples of code, so that's what we give you!