Lecture 1, Lecture 2, Lecture 3, Lecture 4, Lecture 5, Lecture 6, Lecture 7, Lecture 8, Guide to emacs and g++, Debugging
These lecture notes are designed for an introductory course on programming, using the imperative core of C++, and given to MSc (Computing Science) students at Imperial College London at the very beginning of their course. The students attend an intensive series of lectures and laboratory sessions over two weeks, carrying out lab work using the GNU g++ compiler on PCs running a flavour of UNIX. Since the course is intended for graduates from disciplines other than Computer Science, very little previous programming experience is assumed.
All the example programs referred to in the lecture notes and all the example answers to the exercises have been written in ANSI/ISO standard C++, and have been tested using the GNU g++ compiler.
The books recommended to accompany this course are:
Walter Savitch, Problem Solving with C++ with MyProgrammingLab: International Version, 8th edition, Pearson Education, August 2011. (A comprehensive introductory text on programming, C++ and object-oriented programming; the 8th edition (without MyProgramming Lab), and the 6th and 7th editions are also recommended.)
Bjarne Stroustrup, The C++ Programming Language, Pearson Education, 4th Edition, 2013. (The "classic" reference book on C++ written by the inventor of the language, updated with details of the new C++11 standard. A good investment for those intending to do a considerable amount of C++ programming.)
Please feel free to use, edit and re-distribute these notes as you wish. It would be appreciated, however, if you could ensure that all references to the original author (i.e. Rob Miller) within both the text and the .html file names are preserved.
William Knottenbelt, Imperial College London, 6 October 2014