Let’s talk about coding
Welcome to my introduction into the topic of C++. Just over a week ago, I introduced the concept of programming to you, through my article: Introduction to Programming. In that article, I discussed different programming languages, and what it meant to actually be a programmer. I gave you resources to utilize, in order to figure out what kind of programming you wanted to do, and also mentioned different compilers you could download. In this article, however, we’re going to actually look at the logic and coding mechanics behind C++, instead of just talking about various resources that can be utilized to learn C++.
Now, in that aforementioned article, I mentioned that every programming language is different. Some of you out there may be more familiar with Java, or a website development language, for instance. My reasoning behind introducing you to C++ is simple: It is an incredibly powerful language, versatile and great for introductory programming. However, C++ can sometimes be tough and complicated; do not fret if you get too confused, but instead, contact me or do a little bit of researching until you’re clear on how to fix your problem. I’m going to demonstrate a few different, very basic programs and break them down for you so you can grasp the mechanics behind what they are performing.
Before I immerse you in the glorious world that is C++, however, we’re going to have to install an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) in which you will be writing your code. So, without further adieu, let’s go ahead and look at what an IDE is, how to install one and why we’re going to need one.
If you already have a C++ IDE, feel free to skip the next section and go straight to the actual coding section.