lect1 - ccsa126

Introduction to Computer
Programming in C
Lecture 1: Outline
• Introduction
• Course Syllabus
Learning Objectives
• Installing / using Visual Studio 2010
Introduction to programming
What is programming and programming languages?
• Computers are really very dumb machines indeed because they do
only what they are told to do.
• computer systems perform their operations on a very primitive level
For example, know how to add one to a number or how to test
whether a number is equal to zero.
• The basic operations of a computer system form what is known as the
computer’s instruction set
• To solve a problem using a computer, you must express the solution
to the problem in terms of the instructions of the particular
• A computer program is just a collection of the instructions necessary
to solve a specific problem.
• The approach or method that is used to solve the problem is known
as an algorithm.
• to develop a program that tests if a number is odd or even, the set of
statements that solves the problem becomes the program.
• The method that is used to test if the number is even or odd is the
• to develop a program to solve a particular problem,
• first express the solution to the problem in terms of an algorithm and then
• develop a program that implements that algorithm.
• the algorithm for solving the even/odd problem might be expressed
as follows:
• First, divide the number by two. If the remainder of the division is zero, the number is even;
otherwise, the number is odd.
• you can then proceed to write the instructions necessary to
implement the algorithm on a particular computer system. These
instructions would be expressed in
• the statements of a particular computer language, such as Visual
Basic, Java, C++, or C.
Programming in c Learning Objectives
•First course in Computer Programming
• No previous knowledge is assumed !
•By the end of the course, students will:
• Understand fundamental concepts of computer programming/imperative
structured programming languages
• Design algorithms to solve (simple) problems
• Use the C programming language
• Stephen Kochan, Programming in C, 3rd Edition, Sams
Publishing, 2005
• Main (first) textbook for this course
• Teaches you how to program (in C)
• Follows an approach suited for a first programming language
Policies and Grading
• Lectures: can be interactive, with questions and interactive problem
• Labs: mandatory attendance
• Each lab session has a practical programming assignment to be done
individually in class
• Read lecture slides and corresponding textbook chapters before attending the
lab session !
• Final grade:
10 Programming Assignments
Midterm Exam
Final Exam
Course chapters [Kochan]
• Some Fundamentals
• Compiling and Running your First C Program
• Variables, Data Types, and Arithmetic Expressions
• Input and output
• Program Looping
• Making Decisions
• Working with Arrays
• Working with Functions
• Putting it all together
Microsoft visual studio 2010 / any edition
Installing VS 2010
• After downloading the installation exe file we should extract it
Installing VS 2010
Installing VS 2010
• Installation options
Installing VS 2010
• Installation in progress
Installing VS 2010
• We should exit all Microsoft running Apps
Installing VS 2010
• We must check all the supported packages we need
Installing VS 2010
• We must check all features we want to install
Installing VS 2010
Installing VS 2010