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terrance
08-16-2002, 02:59 PM
Hello, I'm taking a corporate education course so I can fullfill my potential is c programming.

Could someone tell me if these two course cover everything a typical 4 year college would cover (in the spectrum of programming in c/c++).

course 1
http://www.butrain.com/ccp/CrsDesc.asp?CID=3037

course 2
http://www.butrain.com/ccp/CrsDesc.asp?CID=3038

course 3
http://www.butrain.com/ccp/CrsDesc.asp?CID=3404

Enmeduranki
08-16-2002, 03:21 PM
I'd guess that'd cover pretty much everything and more. A lot of comp sci courses don't cover much C/C++ anymore, and I think most will shy away from the vendor specific stuff in the your final link. They'd claim that teaching general programming techniques and paradigms would give a better all round education, but if your employer wants you to learn specific stuff then they'd probably disagree.

salvelinus
08-16-2002, 04:23 PM
W/O even reading your links, I highly doubt it, unless you have a good background in similar languages. Will a corporate course or two bring you up to speed in something someone spent a couple years learning? Maybe if you're a genius.
Lots of programming relies on similar ideas, so if you know one or two, then yes, you can get a good grasp on another similar language fairly quickly.
Think language - If you know French, learning Italian isn't as hard. Learning Chinese or !ku (sic) is a whole new thing. And if you don't know French, forget easy Italian

Cshot
08-16-2002, 05:01 PM
Well normally a couple of corporate courses won't help if you don't have the background. But from looking at the link, he'll have 350 total hours of class time with the C and C++ course.

If I remember correctly I probably had 120 hours of class time in my C++ course during my first year of college. But I agree with Enmeduranki, you won't get as much out of it as a 4 year college. Because I don't think you'll get the background necessary to see the overall picture and paradigms of computer science from these courses alone.

Terrance
08-16-2002, 08:28 PM
Cool, thanks for the help. The course is 700 hours long total, and I know vb/javascript/asp, and a little php- so I'm not jumping into this with no programming experience whatsoever. I've also been a webmaster for 3 years, and was majoring in computer networking before I dropped out to do this :)

I've just gotten started with c/c++ ( www.keystonelearning.com and www.vtc.com ), if you're curious where I'm learning from.

The course is 7 and 1/2 months long, and every weekday for about 6 1/2 hours a day, long blah :)

Well wish me luck, I'll need it :0