Jan 20

I started my C++ book the other day. The book is titled, C++ Programming in Easy Steps. Each page is a lesson and there is sample programs for each lesson. The book is very interesting in the fact that it walks you through what you are doing, how to do it, and the why part comes with writing the code. I did notice myself looking at the inside of the front cover in the beginning but I am starting to memorize what each keyword means. I know that some people won’t like the fact that the book doesn’t spell out what each keyword does, but I like learning by doing and it has been great for me. The more I read of this book, the more excited I am getting for the Java books.

The 4 chapters that I have read have covered:

  1. Introduction – compiling and running programs, creating variables, and a little on arrays
  2. Performing operations – Arithmetic, assigning values, logic, conditions, data types
  3. Making statements – Branching with If, looping for, looping while, functions
  4. Handling strings – Creating string variables, join and compare strings, copy and swap strings, substrings

It is starting to get a lot more complicated and I am spending more time on each new lesson but it is a great feeling once it clicks. I am starting to see how knowing this language will be helpful for my future use with APEX, VF, and even how to better use custom formulas. The syntax and keywords of each language are different but I can start to see a pattern emerge in all of it. I can see myself getting buying a programming theory/architecture book in the near future to confirm my theory and gain more insight into the how and why. I am hoping to finish a couple more chapters by the end of the week and write up my first comprehension review.

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