This module should not bring any new programming principle to what you learned from the pre-requisite introduction to programming
you took before this offering.
Instead, your focus should be to review what you already learned in another programming language & learn how it works in the
language we will be studying this semester.
Readings - Textbook
For this module, you should read the following sections of the textbook;
This guide is there to de-mystify the programming process and give you some guidelines to follow
when you're trying to think your way thought a programming problem.
You should do all practice assignments and graded ones with these advices in mind.
It might be good to even re-do some apprenticeship exercises this way.
Following the processes taught in this PDF will save you a lot of time which you would otherwise
spend trying to fix bugs in hastily written programs
This video details how the GCC Compiler transform your source program, stored in a text file, into an executable.
Along the way, we explain what are the various components of the Compiler and how they are chained with one
another (pre-compiler, compiler, assembler and linker).
This video explores the mysteries of the infamous scanf-which-returns-without-reading-a-character along
with how to keep reading from the user until they hit ctrl-D to notify and end of data.
Take also a look at the pdf file which provides a more generic solution than using a single getchar().
It came from a question during spring 2009 which followed-up this video.
Each of the following exercises are good practice to make sure you are able to apply what you just learned
in the lectures / readings section.
If you feel good about what you read but you are unable to apply it, this means you have not understood it so
head over to the forums & ask for help on these exercises.
To help you further, each exercise comes with a step-by-step video of how to solve it. It might be tempting to
just watch the solutions but then you might just miss what you already missed in the readings which prevents you
from doing these exercises :)
Instead, make sure you use the videos to help you make steady progress;
Read the instructions
Watch the beginning of the video if you have problems getting started, then pause it
Work on the exercise
Watch some more of the video as necessary
Keep doing this & post questions to your offering forum as needed
When you are done with these exercises you should have a good guarantee you understood the lecture material.
In addition, you will note that these videos, unlike lectures or demonstrations of solutions, focus on showing
you how to program, rather than discussing the end result only. This apprenticeship is a big part of your learning
in this offering.
If you are using the Student Linux Box virtual machine, you do not need to download this material.
This will be true of all PAs used on this site, we might just not repeat this warning all the time.
If your instructor asked you to use the Code::Blocks IDE differently, then download this zip
file and extract it where you want your project' folder.
You will then be able to open a project inside Code::Block to work on it.
You will have to zip again the folder to submit your work. Just make sure to not submit the original zip.
The PA101.zip file contains the following directory structure under a folder named "PA101":
Each of these sub-folders is a full, independent, Code::Block project folder