Thread: Introduction and Video Tutorials

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    Introduction and Video Tutorials

    Hello All.

    I am new to this board and I am making my first serious attempt to learn programming. I am currently taking the Stanford Online Introduction to Computer Science course. I have also decided to take my first plunge into learning a computer language. The online course I am taking uses a version of Java to teach but, I have decided to learn C/C++ as both languages have some relevance in my work place.

    I purchased C Primer Plus by Stephen Prata [6th Edition] and I plan on working my way through the 1000+ pages of this book. I am wondering if anyone knows of any good video tutorials online that focus on C, that I could use to compliment the lessons in the book.


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    IMO, any video tutorial that does NOT use the same Compiler/IDE that you are using are likely to be a waste of time.
    Other than learning to use programming tools most video tutorial are harder to follow than a good book.

    Tim S.
    "...a computer is a stupid machine with the ability to do incredibly smart things, while computer programmers are smart people with the ability to do incredibly stupid things. They are,in short, a perfect match.." Bill Bryson

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    If you aren't aware, C and C++ are not the same language and are quite different. So don't bunch them together. That said, the more languages you learn, the better, so don't rule anything out if you can!
    Quote Originally Posted by Adak View Post
    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
    Quote Originally Posted by Salem View Post
    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

    Outside of your DOS world, your header file is meaningless.

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    It's just as pointless as watching a video of the Olympic swimming competitions in the hope of learning how to swim.

    One of the few videos that are worth seeing: MIT course "Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs." Usually it uses Scheme language, but it does not matter. The benefit of this course is that it taught to think like a programmer. Neither course will not teach you to program. May be useful in courses that describe the specific tools (Sublime Text), techniques (Let It Die) and methodologies (Test-Driven Development).

    Computer Science 61A - Lecture 1 - YouTube 2014 - Erlang, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let Things Fail - John Daily - YouTube
    Factor: an extensible interactive language - YouTube
    Test driven development in C
    C Testing for Embedded Applications with greatest
    Our goals are clear, tasks are defined! Let's work, comrades! -- Nikita Khrushchev

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    Thank you for replying Elysia. I am aware that these are two different languages. In my original post, I grouped them as being relevant in the my workplace not as being one language. I should have been more clear. I know that this is common misconception, due to C++ having its roots in C. From my understanding C++ started as a near superset of C designed to take advantage of object oriented programming methods and since its inception it has grown substantially. The roots of these languages are similar but object oriented programming and procedural programming are two different things entirely.

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