Course Meeting Times
Lectures: 2 sessions / week for 4 weeks, 1 hour / session
Labs: 2 sessions / week for 4 weeks, 1 hour / session
This course provides a fast-paced introduction to the C and C++ programming languages. You will learn the required background knowledge, including memory management, pointers, preprocessor macros, object-oriented programming, and how to find bugs when you inevitably use any of those incorrectly. There will be daily assignments and a small-scale individual project.
It’s most efficient for the staff if everyone uses the same environment:
- Athena command-line
- Compiling: gcc, g++
- Debugging: gdb, valgrind
- Editing: nano, pico, vim, or emacs
You can mimic that environment on your own computer:
- Windows: All the necessary packages (except valgrind) are available in cygwin (gcc-core, gcc-g++, gdb).
- OS X: Install Xcode from the App Store, open it, go to Preferences > Downloads > Components and download “Command Line Tools”.
sudo apt-get install build-essentialor equivalent.
If you’d like to use a GUI instead (and there are many good reasons to do so), we’ll try to help you out, but:
- Your programs still need to work in the standard environment, so you should test them there.
- One of our primary debugging tools (valgrind) may not be available in your IDE.
Nevertheless, these IDEs seem to work well: