Windows Programming for Everyone
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Windows Programming for Everyone

The Perfect Programming Language for Beginners and Experts, Rexx is easy to Learn and Powerful to Use
4.4 (7 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
42 students enrolled
Created by Bill Swartz
Last updated 7/2014
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  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn how to program quickly and easily
  • Create programs that save time and effort
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  • Windows computer
  • Free download of Rexx programming software

Windows Programming for Everyone

This course will teach you how to program on your Windows computer by building working programs using the Rexx programming language.

Rexx is the Perfect Programming Language to learn quickly and easily.

Rexx is easy to learn because its like English, uses variables that are typeless and can hold any kind of information, and it provides wonderful interactive tracing capability.

You only need your Windows PC and a download of the free Rexx programming software to get started.

Watch the lectures in full screen and high resolution mode for the best viewing experience, and download and review the source code file included with each lecture.

To get the most out of this course you should create and run each program on your computer.

In this course you'll learn about variables, program loops, reading and writing files, functions and how to put them all together in a working program.

You can build applications that are simple but time saving, or large applications to track your business operation.

We’ll build our programs using Windows Notepad, and run them by double clicking the program name in Windows Explorer.

You can copy or download information from the internet and shape it in the most useful fashion, or work with information from email or attachments.

Rexx is the best language for everyday applications. I use Rexx programs to search for files, reorganize my bank and bill pay accounts, and track the movements of stocks and options to determine best entry price..

Rexx will benefit the beginner and the expert. The beginner has the easiest possible way to learn to program and the expert learns a valuable tool for programming in Windows.

The course has over five hours of step by step instruction that will prepare you for writing programs on your own. You can create programs that help you be more productive. In addition, the course provides a collection of useful programs to get you started.

Who is the target audience?
  • The course is for everyone from beginner to expert
  • The beginner will be guided from start to finish
  • The expert will add a new tool to his arsenal
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Curriculum For This Course
27 Lectures
Getting Started
2 Lectures 12:34

Learn to program in the quickest and easiest way

Learn from a teacher and programmer

Learn tools that make you more productive

Download program source and description for every lecture

Preview 05:01

Step by step guide for installing Object Rexx

See the Details download for complete instructions

Preview 07:33
Programming Fundamentals
3 Lectures 31:10

Create Windows Desktop file folder for programs and data

Using Windows Notepad to create and modify programs

A Simple program using the SAY command

Preview 08:47

Rexx Reference Manual

Rexx interpreters

Using the TRACE command

Language Reference and Tracing

Variables, Constants and Literals

Functions At Work

Running a Demo Program

Variables and Functions
The Basic Program
2 Lectures 26:40

Reading and Writing Files

Looping Through a Group of Program Lines

Viewing Program Output

The Basic Rexx Program

More About How the Basic Rexx Program Works

Explaining the Basic Rexx Program
Looking at the Details
3 Lectures 39:22

Compose and Run Programs Showing





Detailed Look at Comments, Trace, Variables, Sysfiledelete

Compose and Run Programs Showing

Do loops




Detailed Look at Do loops, Lines, Linein, Lineout

Compose and Run Programs Showing Windows Commands

Detailed Look at Running Windows Commands
Making New Programs the Easy Way
2 Lectures 18:20

Quickly Building New Rexx Programs



Using Windows Start

Easy Way to Make New Programs

Closer Look at Making New Programs

Explaining the MyNewRexx Program
Putting the Pieces Together
5 Lectures 01:03:06

Create Program to List the First Word of Each Input Line

Create Program to List the Last Word of Each Input Line

FirstWord and LastWord Programs

Create Program To Run Windows Commands

Stem variables

Pull and Parse Pull


Run Windows Commands for a Menu Program

Enhancing the Run WIndows Commands Program

Do Forever

Call, Return and Program Labels

More About the Run Windows Commands Program

Creating the Sentence Program

Parse var


The Sentence Program

Just How Close is Rexx to English

Reading the Sentence Program Like English
Program to Run All Programs
4 Lectures 56:20

Here's the Assignment

call the new program RunAllRexx

1) create a program to list all the rexx programs and run them

2) show a menu with each program name

3) provide a selection of the program and how to run it

4) also provide a selection for editing the program

for edit, use notepad

for running the program, allow the choice of:

rexx.exe - runs the program normally (default if you double-click the name)

rexxpaws.exe - keeps the console window open at program end

rexxhide.exe - hides the console window

Assignment to Write the RunAllRexx Program

First of Three Looks at the RunAllRexx Program

More about

Call, Do, If



Explaining RunAllRexx One

Second of Three Looks at the RunAllRexx Program

More about

Strip(), Right(), Left() and Length()


Explaining RunAllRexx Two

Third of Three Looks at the RunAllRexx Program

More about


Variable naming

End of line and continuation


Explaining RunAllRexx Three
Programming to Extract and List
3 Lectures 37:18

Build Program to Extract Stock Names

More About

Reading Files and Saving Key Information



The StocksList Program

Using Interactive Tracing to Understand How StocksList.rex works

More About Using Stem Variables

Tracing the StocksList Program

Here We Review One Last Overview Program

Review Many Common Commands

Look at LOOP and FORMAT

The ReviewRexx Program
Collection of Useful Programs
2 Lectures 29:38

Review the First Group of Useful Programs

Useful Programs Review One

Review the Second Group of Useful Programs

Useful Programs Review Two
Finishing the Race
1 Lecture 09:26

Let's Review What We Learned


Now its your turn.

The answer to each True/False question is True, or at least it should be, as you are challenged to write each program on your own.

Create the programs from scratch using the MyNewRexx program to get you started and use your imagination along with the programming skills you have learned.

Good luck, and happy programming.

Putting Your Programming Skills to Use
4 questions
About the Instructor
Bill Swartz
4.4 Average rating
7 Reviews
42 Students
1 Course
Programmer, Stock Trader and Teacher

I grew up in New Jersey and attended Wheaton College in Wheaton Illinois where I majored in Math and Physics. I've lived and worked in New Jersey for most of my life.

I started out as a computer programmer for a large insurance company and I worked there for many years. I left that job and worked at home as a stock trader. Then I worked again as a programmer for a large payroll and brokerage support company. I left there to trade stocks and options again, and that's what I'm doing now.

I have experience with many programming languages from both the pc and mainframe environments. I've designed, programmed, implemented and supported many computer systems. One system lasted in a production environment for over ten years, which is forever in our always changing computer world. I've also trained people in programming languages and application operations.

I use the Rexx programming language every day to help me select and track stock and option trades, and to simplify my life. Rexx is very easy to learn and use and it saves me hours of time, and its even fun to write Rexx programs.

My wife and I have one son who graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is now serving as a worship leader and youth minister in Minnesota. Too cold and too far away for me. I attend Grace Fellowship Evangelical Free Church in Milford New Jersey and serve Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

I hope you will enjoy my enthusiasm for teaching the things I love to do.