C++ Tutorial for Complete Beginners
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C++ Tutorial for Complete Beginners

How to program in the popular (and tricky!) C++ programming language, for complete beginners.
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Created by John Purcell
Last updated 11/2015
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 18 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You'll be able to develop powerful C++ programs
  • You'll be able to apply for C++ jobs, with at least a possibility of success
  • You'll understand the basics of computer programming, including Object Orientation
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Requirements
  • You can use any C++ IDE (terms explained in the course) and compiler to follow this course; all the software you need is free, but you may need to do a little Googling to find explicit install instructions for your platform.
Description

This course teaches you the powerful, fast and popular C++ programming language from scratch, assuming only basic computer knowledge. If you want to develop apps that squeeze the most power from your computer -- high-end desktop games or complex artificial intelligence programs, for instance -- or if you want to use a language that let's you get close to your machine and access all of your computer's hardware, C++ is the language for you. While C++ is quite challenging, in this course we'll learn the basics step by step; towards the end of the course you'll learn how to create a beautiful "particle fire" program, including a smattering of the basic principles of game development.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is intended for those who are computer literate and familiar with downloading and unzipping files, using the Internet and so on, and who want to learn to program
  • C++ is one of the more challenging computer programming languages -- so expect to encounter difficulties! You will need a degree of patience and persistence.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Getting Started
5 Lectures 01:06:28

What is C++ and why should you learn it?

Introducing C++
14:55

Screen Resolution
00:23

What you need to get started with C++, and where you can get it.

Setup and Installation
08:38

Hello World C++
23:15

How to "print" text to the console in C++.

Outputting Text
19:17
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Basic Syntax
21 Lectures 03:49:21
Variables
16:23

Strings let you store bits of text that you can use later in your program.

Strings - Working with Text
07:29

Our programs aren't very interesting until they are interactive. So in this tutorial we'll look at getting input from the user.

User Input
09:35

In C++, it helps a lot to know a bit about how the computer's memory is structured. So we'll take a look at binary numbers, bits and bytes in this tutorial

Binary Numbers and Computer Memory
05:57

C++ provides you with various kinds of variable types for working with numbers. In this tutorial we'll take a look at integer types.

Integer Types
13:02

Floating Point Types
14:41

Other Types: Char and Bool
11:34

If
12:25

If-Else
13:15

If-Else If-Else
05:52

Comparing Floats
04:03

C++ Conditions
21:17

While Loops
09:34

Do-While Loops
13:48

"For" Loops
06:43

Break and Continue
10:50

Arrays - Lists of Data
17:24

Multidimensional Arrays
11:43

Sizeof and Arrays
07:03

Sizeof Multidimensional Arrays
06:58

Switch
09:45
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Subroutines: Reusable Blocks of Code
4 Lectures 37:36
Functions
10:06

Return Values
06:31

Function Parameters
07:05

Headers and Prototypes
13:54
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Object Oriented Coding
8 Lectures 01:51:16
Classes
18:15

Data Members
17:51

C++ Constructors and Destructors
16:35

C++ Getters and Setters
13:15

C++ String Streams
08:44

Overloading Constructors
13:07

The "this" Keyword
14:53

Constructor Initialization Lists
08:36
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Pointers and Memory
14 Lectures 03:06:53
Pointers
17:02

Arithmetic
13:22

Pointers and Arrays
17:22

Pointer Arithmetic
15:37

Char Arrays
09:36

Reversing a String
11:28

References
08:38

The "const" Keyword
13:34

Copy Constructors
13:15

The New Operator
09:11

Returning Objects from Functions
12:53

Allocating Memory
10:29

Arrays and Functions
15:24

Namespaces
19:02
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Inheritance
3 Lectures 33:45
Inheritance
09:27

Encapsulation
10:13

Constructor Inheritance
14:05
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Odds and Ends: Twos Complement and Static Variables
2 Lectures 37:52
Twos Complement
19:25

Static Keyword
18:27
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Developing a Program: The Particle Fire Simulation
18 Lectures 04:57:47
Particle Fire Explosion
05:38

Using C++ Libraries
11:57

Note: Lazy Foo's tutorials are a great resource for specific SDL setup instructions, and SDL in general: http://lazyfoo.net/tutorials/SDL/01_hello_SDL/index.php

Aquiring Simple Direct Media Layer
12:57

Note: for Windows you need both SDL2.lib and SDLmain.lib

A Basic SDL Program
17:05

Creating an SDL Window
22:50

Textures, Renderers and Buffers
30:34

Setting Pixel Colors
11:06

Creating the Screen Class
20:48

Bit Shifting and Colors
08:56

Adding a Set Pixel Method
08:16

Animating Colors
18:19

Creating Particles
29:53

Animating Particles
21:43

Creating an Explosion
14:27

Ensuring Constant Speed
07:50

Bitwise "And"
11:53

Implementing Box Blur
28:54

Tweaking Particle Motion
14:41
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Conclusion
2 Lectures 27:54
Languages Overview
19:05

What Next
08:49
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Bonus
4 Lectures 50:26
Object Oriented Design Considerations
16:16

Postfix and Prefix
05:15

Polymorphism
12:46

Creating Static Libraries
16:09
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About the Instructor
John Purcell
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Software Development Trainer

After working as a software developer and contractor for over 14 years for a whole bunch of companies including CSC, Proquest, SPSS and AT&T in the UK and Netherlands, I decided to work full-time as a private software trainer. After spending four years in the beautiful city of Budapest, Hungary and a year in Berlin, I now live in my home town of Derby, UK.