Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course is intended to provide an introduction to imperative programming using C++ as the reference programming language.
Course contents summary
An introduction to imperative programming. The programming language C++.
Problems and algorithms: basic notions, flow-charts - Programming languages. Program execution (translation vs. interpretation) - Program structure. A sample program in C++ - Constants and variables - Elementary data types in C++ - Assignment and compound statement - Basic input/output - Operators and expressions - Control structures (selection, iteration). Structured stratements in C++ - Data structures (abstract vs. concrete). Arrays in C++. Matrices. Strings. 'struct'. Tables (hints) - The 'typedef' declaration.
Subprograms: motivations. Function declaration and call in C++ - Parameter passing: by value, by reference. 'void' functions - Recursive functions - Scope rules in C++. Local vs. global declarations - File management in C++ - Pointers and dynamic memory allocation. Linked lists -
Program development. Programming environment: editor, compiler, linker (hints) - Developing simple programs using the imperative part of C++ - Using library functions.
L.J. Aguilar. Fondamenti di programmazione in C++ , McGraw-Hill, 2008.
R. Miller, D. Clark, B. White, e W. Knottenbel: An Introduction to the Imperative Part of C++, 1999, available athttp://www.doc.ic.ac.uk/~wjk/C++Intro/CourseStructure.html#S
Theory supported by exercises and practical experimentation.
Assessment methods and criteria
Exams: Written and practical test.