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Zygomaticus
03-08-2002, 01:24 PM
I'll be taking a C++ course at school next year, so i'd just like to know what are its uses. What can i do if i know C++, what else do i need to know if i want to learn C++

SlashAndBurn
03-08-2002, 01:59 PM
What computer knowledge do you already have?

Zygomaticus
03-08-2002, 02:04 PM
basically if your talking about computer languages- none:(.

but this is a C++ intro course, next after knowing what i'm gonna be able to do i'll take the more advanced courses.

Wraith 5
03-08-2002, 02:16 PM
so you want to know what kinda programs you can write in c++???

Boba Rhett
03-08-2002, 02:50 PM
You can do basically anything in C++, that is, if you know how to. ;) If you have no previous knowledge of coding, you might want to play around for awhile with Visual Basic or something like it before going to C++.

What first introduced me to coding was Jedi Knights' COG files. They're a great way to learn the basic principals of coding.

Influenza
03-08-2002, 04:45 PM
I hate C++. It's fine for easy stuff (what you'll be doing in an intro course): basic input/output, grabbing data from files, working with numbers etc. But once you get to multiple inheritance, dynamic allocation, templates, and the dirty dirty dirty STL... BLEH! Java is much nicer :D.

Sithcloak
03-08-2002, 04:48 PM
I went with VB first and then played a bit with cogging and took a java course. I didn't learn much from the java course so i am also going to take a course next school year from the local collage, but i will be just auditing it.

Good luck. Your goin' to need it. ;)

Sithcloak

darthfergie
03-08-2002, 05:43 PM
Like Rhett said you can basically do anything with C++

Most games are either made with it or Visual Basic as their core ingredients. So have fun making programs...it is evil to master though...takes FOREVER. I've been working with Visual Basic though.

Sherack Nhar
03-10-2002, 12:02 PM
You should take algorithm courses before taking on C++, or any complex programming languages, Algorithm knowledge is a must to be able to handle C++ efficiently.

Influenza
03-10-2002, 09:24 PM
There's no reason why he can't do both simultaneously. I learned C++ and all the major algorithms - sorting, searching, graph analysis, etc - while learning C++ in the same course. Same with O(n) notation and other similar devices.

Sherack Nhar
03-10-2002, 10:48 PM
Well, yeah :-/
My point was, don't take C++ without Algorithms.

Influenza
03-10-2002, 11:14 PM
Then I agree :).

Zygomaticus
03-11-2002, 12:25 AM
whats an algorithm??

Just simple words will do, maybe an example if possible..

PS; i'm already thinking about changing my courses....but nothing untill i know if i know algorithms.

Influenza
03-11-2002, 02:01 AM
An algorithm is a tried-and-true set of commands used to perform common tasks like sorting lists, searching for items, finding shortest paths, etc. One example is a "selection sort", which sorts a list of elements by picking the smallest item and swapping it with the other items until it is in the correct place; the process is then repeated for the other items.

Wraith 5
03-11-2002, 11:19 AM
well i thought c++ was very easy to learn. and the algorithm stuff was built into all the courses i took on c++.

Thought i use perl a lot more the c++ right now, and think perl is a lot better...

Influenza
03-11-2002, 01:46 PM
Perl is a scripting language. You really can't compare Perl to C++...

Wraith 5
03-11-2002, 05:24 PM
true...

and that is why i like perl i only do scripting now ;)