Learn C++ Programming The Easy Way
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Learn C++ Programming The Easy Way

Learn how to program in C++ from a seasoned veteran and former University course instructor, part 1.
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Created by William Sherif
Last updated 10/2014
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What Will I Learn?
  • You will know how data is stored in computer memory, and how C++ "types" data into classes
  • Really understand how if/else and switch statements can be used to branch your code
  • Geniunely understand how loops work
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  • All software that is needed to be downloaded is going to be covered in the lectures. So don't sweat it! You just have to open the course and take a look.

Pick up and learn C++ programming from the very basics with this course. This course is a very gentle introduction to programming in C++, especially geared towards first time programmers.

C++ With An Emphasis On "Easy to Understand."

  • Setting up an IDE (Visual Studio/Xcode)
  • Basic input and output
  • What #include really means
  • Variables
  • C++ Math (including an explanation of “modulus”)
  • Random number generation
  • Branching using if and switch
  • Comparisons and inequalities
  • Loops
  • Solved exercises

If you're a college student, you might find there is a wide gap between your prof and yourself. When your prof explains things, it just doesn’t quite make sense. Something doesn’t sit right. This course is about filling that gap and clearing those questions in your mind. If you’re struggling to follow in your introductory programming course lectures, try this series out to supplement your learning.


Programming is that notorious college freshman subject that everyone finds extremely hard. But it doesn't have to be that way.

In this course I explain the very basics of C++ programming. I explain core C++ concepts using slides. We also will write sample programs, and I explain every line of code used, every function called, and leave no line of code unexplained.

I developed the material in this course after several iterations of an introductory programming course. The result I now present to you is a combination of careful deliberation about how to explain a topic, and incorporating student feedback to respond to student needs.

If you've had trouble understanding the very basics of code before, what it all means should be very clear to you after studying this course.

When you are finished with this course, you should have a very solid foundation in C++ upon which to build other skills.

Once you understand the basics of programming and you've programmed for a while, it's almost inevitable that you will catch the "programming bug": you will not be able to stop programming!

Who is the target audience?
  • This C++ course is meant for people who have never programmed before. No prior knowledge or experience with programming is required. We will take everything step by step from the beginning.
  • This course does not cover deep, difficult programming problems, so if you're looking for advanced C++ topic coverage, you should probably skip this one
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction & Compiler
13 Lectures 55:01

Install and work within Visual Studio 2013 Express Edition.

Create a project, save it, compile and run your code.

Installing Visual Studio 2013 Express Edition

Install and work within Xcode.

Create a project, save it, compile and run your code.

Mac: Finding your way around Xcode

cout, using namespace std, and our first program!

Beginning C++: First program, basic output using cout

Getting better acquainted with Visual Studio 2013

// comments and /* comments */ !


Don't use capitals where lowercase is required!

Casing and spacing: Common errors

\n for newline, \" for double quote, and more!

Escape sequences

Variables and the primitive types

Arithmetic and logical operators

Lab #1 - basic output
1 page

int, double and string


You have to choose your variable names carefully!

Best practices: Identifiers/Variable names

Basic input using cin
6 Lectures 27:16

plus (+), minus (-), times(*) and divide by (/)

Math in C++ (+, -, *, /)

modulus (%)

<cmath> library

operations +=, -=, *= and /=

Increasing/modifying the value of a variable (+=, -=, *=, /=)

Increasing a variable by 1, decreasing by 1

Postincrement++ and postdecrement--

rand() - getting random values
7 Lectures 24:25

Branching your code using the if statement, and the == comparison operator!

Branching one way: the if statement, and == for comparison

Write a quadratic equation solver program!

Lab #2: Quadratic equation
2 pages

Your code can branch in any number of directions you wish

Branching in more than two ways: else if

Else statement == failsafe

Branching two ways: the else statement

Check for inequalities using !=, <=, <, >, and >=

Comparison and Inequality Operators

char variables are used on single characters, and bools for true or false

char and bool

Branching using switch
2 Lectures 13:08

The ability to "go back" in code!

while loops

Using the Debugger (Visual Studio)
About the Instructor
William Sherif
3.6 Average rating
31 Reviews
1,528 Students
3 Courses
Professional programmer

William Sherif is a competent C++ programmer of 8+ years. He has a wide variety of experiences, from games programming to web programming. He has also been a university course instructor (sessional) for 7 years.

He has published several apps in the iTunes store, including strum and MARSHALL OF THE ELITE SQUADRON.

His interests are varied, but his focus has always been pleasing his clients.

In the past he has been acclaimed for delivering course material in an easy to understand manner.