We’ll be using C++ in this class for the most part. The syntax is fairly similar to Java (which you’re hopefully familiar with), with a couple of complications. If you’ve learned about C, that’s great, and a lot of that knowledge will transfer. If you haven’t, don’t worry, I’m only assuming knowledge of Java. If you are more comfortable with Python than Java, I’ve also included a resource aimed at transitioning to C++ from Python, though it is a bigger jump.
The main difference with C++ is needing to manage your own memory, so the learning objectives and resources for today are focused on getting an understanding of that.
Basic Learning Objectives
Before class, you should be able to:
- Explain the basic idea of a pointer in C++
- Write a snippet of code that gets the address of a variable
- Write a snippet of code that dereferences a pointer
Advanced Learning Objectives
After class, you should be able to:
- Solve basic programming problems in C++ that use pointers
- Explain how C++ uses
The following are resources that I think will help you achieve the basic learning objectives; you may only need one of them or all three.
- Java vs C++ Cheatsheet - Don’t worry about things that don’t sound familiar from Java, just a resource for translating what you know in Java to C++
- Video on C++ Pointers and References - I recommend watching up to the Arrays of Pointers section
- Python to C++ Book Pointers - you might find it helpful to read more of this book, but the Pointers section will be particularly relevant
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