Learn to program in C++, even if you have no prior programming experience!
Here's your chance to learn how to program the easy way in C++. Introduction to C++ Programming is a project-oriented course. You'll get right to programming in this course—even if you have no prior programming experience! Before you know it, you'll be putting together programs, and you'll see how easy programming really is.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- PC: Windows 8 or newer.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.This course will give you hands-on practice as you learn to program with C++. Whether you're completely new to programming or you want to learn a new programming language, this course will teach you the fundamentals of C++.
Your First C++ Program
In your first lesson, you'll learn what a computer program is. What's the best way to learn programming? You have to write programs, of course! Your first step toward writing your first program is to install VisualStudio. In this lesson, you'll learn how to install Visual Studio on your computer and create your first program.
Understanding Your C++ Code and How to Fix Errors
You've created a working C++ application. In this lesson, you'll find out what each line of C++ code means in your "Hello World!" program. You'll also learn how this C++ code is translated to machine language that the computer understands and can execute as a running program. Finally, you'll learn how to see and fix errors in your code.
Data Types and Computer Memory
In this lesson, you'll learn about the different areas of computer memory. You'll find out about data types, which correspond to the different types of information a program uses, and then write a program that can determine the amount of computer memory used by different data types. This lesson lays the foundation for Lesson 4, where you'll learn how to store different types of information in computer memory while your program is running.
Storing Data in Variables
In this lesson, you'll learn how to create variables of different data types to store information. You'll find out how to declare variables, which is the first step to using them. You'll then learn how to assign values to variables, using both the assignment operator and cin. You'll also access and output a variable's value.
Letting the Computer Do the Math
Computers can't think for themselves—not yet anyway. But computers can calculate faster and more accurately than humans can. In this lesson, you'll learn how to harness the computer's calculating power with the C++ arithmetic operators.
Letting the User Choose
Life involves choices, and so do computer programs. In this lesson, you'll learn how to use the different C++ comparison operators and control structures so different blocks of code execute depending on the user's choice.
Choices can be complicated. For example, you may want code to execute only if two choices are made, or if either of two choices are made. In this lesson, you'll how to use nested control structures and the different C++ logical operators when more than one choice determines which block of code executes.
Repeating Code With Loops
Your parents may have told you not to repeat yourself, but code often needs to repeat. In this lesson, you'll learn how to use loops to make code repeat until a condition is met.
Often, you may need to store more than one item of information, such as multiple test scores. In this lesson, you'll find out how to use arrays to store multiple items of information. Sure, you could also just use multiple variables, but with arrays, you also can harness the power of loops, which you learned about in the last lesson.
C Strings for Storing Text
Not all information are numbers. You'll often need to store text, such as names. In this lesson, you'll discover how to use C strings to store non-numeric information in an array.
Functions for Dividing and Organizing Code
What if your favorite textbook was just one very long paragraph with no chapters or sections? The content would be the same, but it would be much more difficult to read and follow, wouldn't it? Similarly, code, as it gets longer and more complicated, needs to be organized. In this lesson, you'll learn how to use functions to divide tasks and organize your code.
Saving and Retrieving Data
Microsoft Word wouldn't be very useful if you couldn't save your work and had to type it all over again each time you ran the program! Being able to save your work is important, but you also need to be able to load that saved work back into your program the next time you run it. In this lesson, you'll learn how to use file input/output to store and retrieve information.
Jeffrey A. Kent is a Professor of Computer Science, teaching both traditional and online classes. He has taught a number of computer programming languages, including C, C++, Java, Visual Basic, and Assembly. He is the published author of several computer-programming books, including "Visual Basic 2005 Demystified" and "C++ Demystified." He is also an attorney and has combined both careers by writing applications for law firms.