is C++ really hard to learn

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    is C++ really hard to learn

    Is C++ really hard to learn because I'm taking intro to C++ right now in college and it's really hard. I'm thinking of changing my major from computer science to something else because it's too hard. I don't know if I should change or not. I'm thinking that it's the way the professor is teaching because a majority of people in class got below a 50 on the midterm and my TA isn't really that great.

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    It would most definitely be the teacher.
    I've been lucky to have very good professors. Programming really is easy. Especially intro should be. The difficulty lies in thinking logically. The computer only does what you tell it to. Don't get too down because of one bad professor ( I had one like that in mathematics ) Just stick to it and ask lots of questions here. The people on this board will be more than happy to supplement your formal education if you ask. A word of advice: don't just ask how do I do this? first tell what you've tried that doesn't work then ask.

    Good luck and stick to it. We need more women programmers.
    I am assuming you're a girl?

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    Never took one course in my life. You should see what I'm doing

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    Originally posted by Xterria
    Never took one course in my life. You should see what I'm doing
    Not a whole lot, according to your website.

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    Nonono, Why learn C first???

    Id say start with C++, Ive learnt with zero knowlege, it takes practise and hours on the computer but you can get there.

    There is no reason to learn C first.
    http://www.t-p-n.co.uk//
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    Yes, C is harder that C++ I think!

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    C++, and I'd imagine C, are harder than some languages, like Visual Basic or Perl. If you learn C++ most other languages will come easily. Some people have a better feel for programming than others. I wouldn't change majors because of one prof or even because you may not like programming. Most students at my community college want to go into networking (I don't like that), some into database, and probably the fewest are into programming. Either way, some basic courses in all are required, but you can concentrate in, then work in, areas that interest you.

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    "Never took one course in my life. You should see what I'm doing"
    yeah, spamming the linux forum

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    i'd imagine it's a matter of the environment you're in... for example, in tennis, if you play wiht players at a higher pace from the very beginning, you eventually get to that pace [even if you have bad form...] and you start off quicker... so... if you are flooded with potentially memorizable knowledge... choose what sticks wisely and the rest will always follow when you reach the next level... i'd imagine that someone would find C++ easier to start or understand than C since it is abstract and deals with templates [general defn of the word...] and then instantiations of those templates... i might go so far as to agree... however, i was bred on a solid, stout int main (void)... so... fundamentally i agree, but i actually did start with more concrete C material...

    aside from that, if you're teacher isn't helping you, this is a great place to get advice... it totally catalyzed my own programming... [again, the environment...]
    hasafraggin shizigishin oppashigger...

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    I cannot imagine why the teacher or prof is not helping you. Idea here is not to place blame on you or the teacher, but to help you out.

    Hard to answer if C++ is easy to learn or not. It can be easy and it can be hard. Listen close to your prof as he will probably show you some very good habits to get into which will help you later.

    But by all means do not give up. If we had given up, we would not be here at this board. Trust me, when you create your first program that actually does something you'll be glad you stuck with it. And all of us have been there when we have no clue as to how to program something. My uncle is a programmer for a company and he says that they almost never know exactly how to program their applications when they start. He says each app can be quite intimidating and he has been coding for 20 years. So they research, read, study, code, debug, and eventually they get it to work.

    When it comes to programming, or anything else in life - never give up.

    If you have problems, come here. As long as you do not ask people to code for you and have shown that you have at least tried and failed - almost all of us will be there to help.

    Before long, you'll be better than the rest of us!

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    Just buy a good book on how to program C++ and youll be fine.

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