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.
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
Create Windows Desktop file folder for programs and data
Using Windows Notepad to create and modify programs
A Simple program using the SAY command
Rexx Reference Manual
Using the TRACE command
Variables, Constants and Literals
Functions At Work
Running a Demo Program
Reading and Writing Files
Looping Through a Group of Program Lines
Viewing Program Output
More About How the Basic Rexx Program Works
Compose and Run Programs Showing
Compose and Run Programs Showing
Compose and Run Programs Showing Windows Commands
Quickly Building New Rexx Programs
Using Windows Start
Closer Look at Making New Programs
Create Program to List the First Word of Each Input Line
Create Program to List the Last Word of Each Input Line
Create Program To Run Windows Commands
Pull and Parse Pull
Enhancing the Run WIndows Commands Program
Call, Return and Program Labels
Creating the Sentence Program
Just How Close is Rexx to English
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
First of Three Looks at the RunAllRexx Program
Call, Do, If
Second of Three Looks at the RunAllRexx Program
Strip(), Right(), Left() and Length()
Third of Three Looks at the RunAllRexx Program
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Build Program to Extract Stock Names
Reading Files and Saving Key Information
Using Interactive Tracing to Understand How StocksList.rex works
More About Using Stem Variables
Here We Review One Last Overview Program
Review Many Common Commands
Look at LOOP and FORMAT
Review the First Group of Useful Programs
Review the Second Group of Useful Programs
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.
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.