Effective Programming in C and C++

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This course introduces various advantages of C and C++, one of which is visualization involving OpenGL. C++/OpenGL were used to create the above graphic. (Image courtesy of onedayitwillmake on Flickr. Under CC-BY.)


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January IAP 2014



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Course Description

This course is a fast-paced introduction to the C and C++ programming languages, with an emphasis on good programming practices and how to be an effective programmer in these languages. Topics include object-oriented programming, memory management, advantages of C and C++, optimization, and others. Students are given weekly coding assignments and a final project to hone their skills. Recommended for programmers with some background and experience in other languages.

This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.

Kessler, Andre. 6.S096 Effective Programming in C and C++, January IAP 2014. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-s096-effective-programming-in-c-and-c-january-iap-2014 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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