July 15, 2011 (journal/item/325)
This is just the first "chapter".
If you click the box above, you will have to go through FIVE annoying pop-ups before you can see my memo.
But please don't worry: there is NO security threatening issue. I do not collect data from you. I do not spread virus, either!
The C++ tutorials for beginner all said we needed to have a "compiler".
I had no idea what it was nor did my PC have one. ( Never heard of it! )
I ended up downloading one of the recommended compilers, "CodeBlocks"
( http://www.codeblocks.org/home ). It was free! An open source. How nice!
One principle of my online learning is getting the learning materials and tools for free. After all, it is something I do in my FREE time. My learning process has always been fun, thanks to my friends and the experts who have been sharing what they know with the rest of the world
For C++, so far I could only come up with a small black DOS screen that says "Hello World!"
(Not bad for Day One, don't you think? )
No idea what I will be able to do if I understand more of it... Even my son (a computer major!) could not give me an easily understandable explanation / prediction of how powerful C++ could be.
Isn't internet wonderful? It really keeps you young!
OK, back to the real world after post. Have tons of things I must do....
Will visit your sites a few hours from now - if not tomorrow.
Thanks for reading to this line. You are so patient!
Remarks added on August 29, 2011: Links in Mo's comment that still work:
My First C++ (Hehehe...!)
July 23, 2009 (journal/item/328)
After all, they were written not by the aliens, but by humans.
What if I were wrong?!
Tony, my 19-year-old son, had recommended C++ but he did not say much beyond that. Luckily, it was not necessary! Upon googling, Yahoo searching, and Binging (LOL), I found tons of articles and tutorials on C++. Although at the beginning almost all the tutorials looked overwhelming, starting with the fact that I had to have a "compiler". ( What is that???? ) Fortunately there was one good and FREE compiler called "Code::Blocks". And thanks to these 2 - 3 years of intensive "exposure" to HTML and CSS, it did not take me long to get used to beginner's C++.
I managed to understand the language little by little. A few days later I came up with something below, which was a combination and adaptation of various online C++ tutorials.
At first I had intended to make a personal tool for a quick reference to HTML codes. But upon tweaking, I found by adding a few more lines it could turn into such a silly ( and irritating ) "game", LOL!