Revised: May 21, 2008
By Richard G. Baldwin
The lessons in this series were written specifically for the benefit of my students in COSC 1315, Fundamentals of Programming at Austin Community College in Austin, Texas. The lessons were written under the assumption that those students have no prior programming knowledge when they enroll in the course.
The material in these lessons was designed to supplement the textbook by teaching the concepts of programming fundamentals using a real programming language. C++ is used for most of the examples, since that matches up with the requirements for laboratory programming assignments. In an attempt to illustrate the commonality of modern object-oriented programming languages, a few examples are also illustrated using C# and Java in addition to C++.
The following table contains a cross reference among the topics covered in this series of tutorial lessons and the topics specified for the course in the ACC Master Syllabus for COSC 1315.
In some cases the topics were paraphrased relative to the Master Syllabus and were separated into more easily identifiable units. Then they were rearranged to put them in a more manageable order.
|103||Course Intro, History, Hardware, Programming Languages|
|105, 120, 130, 160||
Developing A Program
Program Development Life Cycle
|105, 120, 130, 160||Coding Documenting and Testing a Program|
|140||Variables and Constants|
|180||Selection Structures: Relational and Logical operators|
|170||Selecting from several alternatives|
|184||Do while Loops|
|180||Data Validation Loops|
|170||Combining If's and Loops|
|108||Delegation and Functions (no parameters)|
Global versus local variables,
|See note 1||Parameter Passing : Import|
|See note 1||Parameter Passing : Export|
|108||Parameter Passing : Value Parameters|
|108||Parameter Passing : Reference Parameters|
|190||Accumulators and Counters with Functions|
|200||Parallel Arrays and Data Files|
|200||Using only part of an array,|
|190||Searching an array|
|150||String and Chars|
|110||Classes, objects, member functions, etc.|
|See note 2.||GUI|
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Richard has participated in numerous consulting projects and he frequently provides onsite training at the high-tech companies located in and around Austin, Texas. He is the author of Baldwin's Programming Tutorials, which have gained a worldwide following among experienced and aspiring programmers. He has also published articles in JavaPro magazine.
In addition to his programming expertise, Richard has many years of practical experience in Digital Signal Processing (DSP). His first job after he earned his Bachelor's degree was doing DSP in the Seismic Research Department of Texas Instruments. (TI is still a world leader in DSP.) In the following years, he applied his programming and DSP expertise to other interesting areas including sonar and underwater acoustics.
Richard holds an MSEE degree from Southern Methodist University and has many years of experience in the application of computer technology to real-world problems.