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What is a software
(a program)?
It is a set of instructions (orders, commands,
statements) which tells the computer what to
do and how to do.
People who make computer
programs are called
People who use the programs
are called end-users.
Functions of a computer
A computer program (software) contains a sequence of instructions for
a computer. One program is usually composed of three parts:
Input part gets the data from an input device. Our programs which we
will do in our practice times, will get the data from keyboard or from a
text file.
Process part is the hardest working part of the program. It carries out
the algorithm and finds out the desired result.
Output part gives the result of the program. Our programs will display
the result on the screen or print it into a text file.
What is a programming
It is a program to write computer programs. C,
C++, Pascal, Fortran, Basic, Cobol, Virtual Basic are
example of programming language.
Steps to make a program
Understanding the problem
Designing an algorithm
Algorithm is a kind of process that
connects inputs and outputs
Testing and Debugging

Type of the programming
i ) low level programming
Machine language
Assemble language

ii ) high level programming
e.g.: Pascal, C, Fortran

Low level languages
it is a machine oriented language.
A low-level language is not user-friendly, that
is, makes it hard for the user to understand
the structure of the program.
i) Machine language
ii) Assembly language
Machine languages are the only languages
understood by the computers directly. While easily
understood by computers, machine languages are almost
impossible for humans to use because they consist entirely
of numbers. Each type of CPU has its own machine
language and assembly language, so an assembly language
program written for one type of CPU won't run on another.
Machine language performs much faster.

Assembly language is the other most-common low-
level language. Assembly languages are similar to machine
languages, but they are much easier to program in because
they allow a programmer to use some written syntax rather
than numbers.
High-level language
A high-level language it is a problem-
oriented programming language.
Pascal, C/C++, BASIC, COBOL, Fortran, etc..
are examples of high-level programming
High-level languages are more
understandable to the programmer and are
fairly easy to learn.
Which language is best?
The question of which language is best is not have one answer. Every language has its
strengths and weaknesses.
FORTRAN was the first widespread language. It is a particularly good language for
processing numerical data, but it is not useful to write large programs.
COBOL is used for commercial applications that require precise and efficient manipulation
of large amounts of data. Much business software is still programmed in COBOL.
Pascal is very good for writing well-structured and readable programs and to teach good
programming techniques , but it is not as flexible as the C programming language.
C++ embodies powerful object-oriented features, but it is complex and difficult to learn.
Assembly program is very suitable when speed is essential.
Basic or Pascal will be good chose if you start learning programming because of their easy
learn structures.
Java was originally designed to work on network and to control electronic devices on the
C is a good choice for programming Operating Systems.
Visual Basic, visual C++ and Delphi have GUI design elements and so are better suited for
this type of task.
C++ is a general purpose language beside this there are some tasks that can be done in
C++ but not very easily, for example designing GUI screens for applications.
What are compiler, interpreter, and
Regardless of what language you use, because machine
language is only program that computer can understand
directly you eventually need to convert (translate) your
program into machine language so that the computer can
understand it. If your program is written in any high- level
language there are two ways to do this:
compile the program by compiler.
interpret the program by interpreter.
If your program is written in assembly language you can
assemble the program with assembler.
Interpreters and Compilers
Every high-level language has its own source which needs to be
translated into the CPU's language - machine code. These translators
are referred to as interpreters and compilers. A high-level language
package contains either an interpreter, or a compiler, with which a
high-level language uses to translate the source code into object
An interpreter is more slower than a compiler, the fact that it has to
be loaded into memory till the end of the translation of the
program. It is less practical than the compiler. However, the
interpreter can be helpful for correcting out errors in programs i.e. it
is ideal for debugging. A compiler is faster due to its single, complete
translation of the program into object code. A compiler, compiles
the source code (with no syntax errors) and makes a copy of it. This
copy is called the 'object code'. After it has been compiled, it does
not need a recompilation (unless the source code is changed and a
recompilation is required to affect the change). The object code
used by the OS in order to execute the compiled program.
Examples for languages:


load 5
add 4
store C

program add;
Pascal Language
If you write a program to add the number 5 and the number 4 in
machine, assembly and Pascal language typical program codes will
be following:
C++ Language

int main()
Comparison of the machine language and high
level language
Here are two programs which accomplish the same thing. The first is in
ML, and the second is in BASIC. They get results at very different speeds
indeed, as you'll see:

Machine Language
169 1 160 0 153 0 128 153 0 129 153 130 153 0 131 200 208 241 96

5 FOR I=1 TO 1000: PRINT "A";: NEXT I

These two programs both print the letter "A" 1000 times on the
screen. The ML version takes up 28 bytes of Random Access Memory
(RAM). The BASIC version takes up 45 bytes and takes about 30 times as
long to finish the job.
1. It occupies less space in memory.
2. It performs (runs) very fast.
3. Because it is only program that
computer can understand directly,
it doesnt require any compiler
1. It is easier to learn and closer to
human language.
2. It is easier to analyze to be partially
rewritten or updated to conform to
changing conditions.
3. It is simpler to debug to get all the
mistakes and problems ironed out.
Even it tell you your programming
mistakes by displaying error
mistakes by displaying error
messages on the screen while you
are typing your program.
4. It removes the programmer from
having to know the details of the
internal structure of a particular
What is C++?
C++ is an ordinary high-level language which
is widely used to writing programs.
C++ is a general purpose programming
language invented in the early 1980s by Bjarne
Stroustrup at Bell Labs.
It is similar to C, invented in the early 1970s by
Dennis Ritchie using the
UNIX operating system, but includes essential
programming techniques such as object oriented
programming. C is a structured language like
Pascal. The most distinguishing feature of a
structured language is that it uses blocks. A block is
a set of statements that are logically connected.
C++ is an expanded and enhanced version of C.
Java, C# and C++
Java was developed by Sun Microsystems and C# was
made by Microsoft. C++ is the parent for both Java and
C#. This means that once you know C++, you can easily
learn Java or C#. The reverse case is also true. If you
know Java or C#, learning C++ is easy.
The main difference between C++, Java, and C# is the
type of computing environment for which each is
designed. C++ was designed to produce high-
performance programs for a specific type of CPU and
operating system. For example, if you want to write a
high-performance program that runs on an Intel Pentium
under the Windows operating system, then C++ is the
best language to use.
Java, C# and C++
Java and C# were developed in response to the unique
programming needs of the highly distributed networked
environment that typifies much of contemporary computing.
Java was designed to enable the creation of cross-platform
portable code for the Internet. Using Java, it is possible to
write a program that runs in a wide variety of environments,
on a wide range of operating systems and CPUs.
Thus, a Java program can move about freely on the Internet.
C# was designed for Microsofts .NET Framework, which
supports mixed-language, component-based code that works
in a networked environment. Java programs execute slower
than do C++ programs. The same is true for C#. Thus, if you
want to write high-performance software, use C++. If you
need to make highly portable software, use Java or C#.
Your first C++ program
Basic elements of C++
Semantics - is a vocabulary of commands that humans can
understand and that can be converted into machine
language, fairly easily
Syntax - This is a language structure (or grammar) that allows
humans to combine these C++ commands into
a program that actually does something

Think of the semantics as the building blocks of your C++ program
and the syntax as the correct way to put them together.
What is a C++ program?
A C++ program is a text file containing a sequence of C++
commands put together according to the laws of C++ grammar.
This text file is known as the source file (probably because its
the source of all frustration). A C++ source file carries the
extension. CPP just as a Microsoft Word file ends in .DOC

The point of programming in C++ is to write a sequence of
commands that can be converted into a machine-language
program that actually does what we want done.
Writing your first C++ program
1. Click StartProgramsBloodshed Dev-C++Dev-C++ to start
up the Dev-C++ tool.
2. Choose FileNewSource File.
3. Enter the following program exactly as written.

Dont worry too much
about indentation or
spacing it isnt critical.
C++ is case sensitive,
so you need to make sure
everything is lowercase.
4. Choose Save As under the File menu. Then type in the
program name and press Enter.
Breaking a Text into Multiple Lines
Use end of line "endl" or new line '\n' characters with in
a cout statement to make a new line. '\n' characters are
inherited from C programming. We prefer to use "endl"
Sample program codes
Screen Output
Building your program
To build your Conversion.cpp program, you choose
from the menu or press Ctrl+F9 or you can even click that cute
little icon with four colored squares on the menu bar
In response, Dev-C++ opens a compiling window
To execute the Conversion
program, click ExecuteRun or
press Ctrl+F10.
All in one you can Compile and
Run at the same time clicking
on icon
or press F9
Output Operation

The output command in C++ is


cout is a predefined identifier that stands
for console output, which most generally
refers to the computers screen.
Output Operation
Using cout function
When using cout, you must type in any message (text information)
between the double quotes " ".
cout << " Hello world!"

But you can type numbers and any arithmetical or
logical expression without double quotes " ".
cout << 3;
cout << -5;
cout << 3+5;
cout << 3-5;
Sample program
Screen Output
Hello world!

Output Operation
Using cout function
Any number value which you are not going to
planning to use them in calculations, can be
typed between double quotes " ".
cout << 3;
cout << -3;
cout << " -5 ";
cout << " 3+5 ";
cout << " 3-5= ";
Sample program
Screen Output
Output Operation
An example
The program below shows the result of the
expression 5 + 3.
Sample program codes
Screen Output
Output Operation
Breaking a Text into Multiple Lines
Use end of line "endl" or new line '\n'
characters with in a cout statement to make a
new line. '\n' characters are inherited from C
programming. We prefer to use "endl"
Sample program codes
Screen Output
new line with \n
Output Operation
Formatting output in cout function
For formatting output to the screen you can use formatting keys (also
called escape keys or backslash keys) . This table provides a summary
of the escape characters you can use.
Output Operation
Formatting output in cout function
For example if you entered the following code in properly you will see
something similar to the image shown on the right hand side and hear
a beep sound.
You will hear a beep sound.
Make a program that displays the following output?
Make a program that displays a picture of a
house that looks like the following figure?
Data types
Numerical values

Any number which can
be used in
Alpha-numerical values

Characters (any single letter,
numbers, symbols), text
(strings), and any number which
can not be used in mathematical
calculations or any number will
not be used in calculations.
What is variable?
Variables are the reserved placed in the RAM to
stores temporarily values during the execution of
the commands in a running program.
Every variable has three properties:
I. Name of the variable (identifier of the variable)
II. Type of the variable
III. Value of the variable.
I - Name of the variable
You can give any name to your variable only
by considering the naming rules of the
Give variables meaningful names, which will
help to make the program easier to read and
follow. This simplifies the task of error
Identifiers can be from one to several characters long. The
first 1024 characters will be significant.
Variable names may start with any letter of the alphabet or
with an underscore. Next may be either a letter, a digit, or an
underscore. The underscore can be used to enhance the
readability of a variable name, as in first_name. Dont use
space for this purpose.
Uppercase and lowercase are different;
that is, to C++, number1 and Number1 can be used as the
separate names.
You cannot use any of the C++ keywords as identifier names.
Also, you should not use the name of any standard function,
such as abs, for an identifier.
Naming Rules
II - Type of the variable
1. Integer variables store whole numbers (-4, 3, 51, etc).
Unsigned integer type variables cannot have negative
values, whereas other integer type variables (signed
integers) may have negative and positive values.
2. Floating-point variables store decimal numbers (3.5, -
5,123, 4.0, etc).
3. Logical variables store the result of logical expressions
and get only the values true and false. False is
represented with 0 and true is represented with 1 in
C++. Logical expressions are usually used in decision
and repetition structures to control the flow of the
II - Type of the variable
4. Character variables are used to store characters (any
single letter, number, punctuation character, etc).
Characters are enclosed with a pair of single quotes in
C++, like 'a', 'B', '7', '+', etc.
5. String variables are used to store text longer than one
characters. Strings are enclosed with a pair of double
quotes in C++, like " Hello world ", "College", etc.

III - Value of the variable:
Variables according to their type can get any values in the ranges
which is listed in the following table.
Classify each of the following according to the four
basic data types:
Answer key:
34.276 float
-37 integer
H character
< character
dd string
5.09E+27 float
0 logical
(bool) or integer
0.0 float
Using Variables in C++
To use variables in C++ you should
i. Declare the variables
ii. Assign values to the variables and
initialize them.
To define or identify the name and type of the
variables is called declaration of the variables.
Some declarations are shown here, for example:
int A;
int B,C;
char ch, chr ;
float f, balance;
double d;
I - Declaration of the Variables
II Assigning values
To give values to decelerated variables are called
assigning values.
In C++,
we use equal sign as the assignment operator =.
In a C++ program, you can declare your variables where
you want.
Using the
II Assigning values
int A;
float B;
char C;
string D;

A= 9;
C= '$';
D='' College '';

When assigning values to
char variables, enclose
inside single quotes ( ' ' ).

When assigning values to string
variables, enclose inside double
quotes ( '' '' ).

Using the
II - Initialize and assign values to the variables
To give any value to a variable is called assigning value.
Giving the initial value (first value) to the variable is called
Actually initializing look very much declaration.
Initializing is the first assignment and it should done during
the declaration.
Initializing is optional if you want you can assign a value later
to a variable any where in your program codes.
But declaration should done before assignment.
Using the variables
The following statements demonstrates how to declare type
and name of a variable and than to initialize it.
II - Initialize and assign values to the variables
Using the variables
int A;
Name of
variable is
Type of
is int.
Initial value
of A is 3.
Initialization of Variables
In C++, You can declare and initialize at the same time.
int A=3;
Name of the
variable is A.
Type of
is int.
Initial value of
A is 3.
Using the variables
int A;
int A=3;
Initialization of Variables
You can mix declaration (definition) and initialization;
int A=3, B, C=5;
Using the variables
At the same time you can declare (define) more variables;
int A, B, C;
You can declare (define) just before calculation;
int A,B;
int C=A+B;
Using the variables
When you declare (define) variables, complier
reserve space in RAM memory depending on
the type of the variable.
If you look at the table you can see how many
bytes space you need for a specific variable.
But size of the variables can change
depending on the complier and the computer
you are using.
Using the variables
int A, B, C;
Complier reserves 2
bytes space for
each integer
variables in RAM
Values of A,B,C is
stored in RAM
Determining the size of the variable types on
your computer
Using the variables
The sizes of variables might be different from
those shown in the table, depending on the
compiler and the computer you are using.
Use sizeof() operator to find out the sizes of
variable types in your system.
The sizeof() operator returns the number of
bytes in variable or type.
Determining the size of the variable types on
your computer
Using the variables
Determining the size of the variable types on
your computer
Using constants
Like variables, constants are data storage locations.
Unlike variables, constants don't change.
You must initialize a constant when you declare
(define) it, and you cannot assign a new value later.
Most of the common constants have already been
defined in C++.

For the user defined constants, there are two main
techniques used to define constant values.
Using constants
i. using the define keyword
#include <iostream>
#define PI 3.14
ii. using the const keyword

int main()
const float PI= 3.14;
User defined constants
Using constants
In this method, constant is declared and initialized inside the
main program block.
Using constants
In this method, constant is declared and initialized header part of
the program.
Getting Data from the User (Input)

Programs usually read the input data from the
standard input (keyboard) or from an input file.

"cin" command is used to read data from the
standard input.
Input Operation
The input commands in C++ is

cin >> ;
Input Operation
Syntax of cin
When using cin, you must identify variable or a
list of variables next to the extraction (>>)
cin >> variable;
Input Operation
The first statement declares a variable of
type int called a, and the second one waits
for an input from cin (the keyboard) in order
to store it in this integer variable.
cin can only process the input from the
keyboard once the enter key has been
Extraction (getting data) from cin will not be
done until the user presses enter key after
the typing completed.
Input Operation
Using cin
is equivalent to
Input Operation
Using cin
A sample program codes
The following program reads two integers, calculates their sum and then outputs the
Input Operation
Using cin
Typical screen
As seen on the typical screen outputs, cin extract
(get in) data after pressing ENTER key and every
cin extraction stops reading as soon as if finds
any blank space character.
The following program also reads two integers, calculates their sum and then
outputs the result.
int num1, num2, sum; declares three
The names of the variables are num1, num2
and sum.
A variable is a named storage location that
can contain data that can be modified during
program execution.
This declaration specifies that those variables
can contain integer values (-45, 0, 11, 37,
etc.). "num1" and "num2" will be used to
store the input data, and "sum" will be used
to keep the sum of input values in the
Besides the program codes, the program has
some comments.
C++ has two ways to insert comments into
source code: Single line comment and
multiple line comment.
Single line comments are written behind the
double slash characters ("//") and multiple
line comments are enclosed between slash
and asterisk ("/*") and asterisk and slash
("*/") characters.
Comments are ignored by the compiler.
sum = num1 + num2;
first computes the sum of the values of
num1 and num2 then assigns the result to
the variable sum.
We have used an arithmetic operator (+) and
assignment operator (=) in this statement.
Make a program that displays the following output?
Arithmetic Operators
Demonstrating arithmetic operators.
Calculating sum, difference, product,
quotient, and remainder. Using (float)
casting to get floating-point quotient.
Exercise: Rectangle
Make a program to calculate area and perimeter of a
Input: length of side1 and length of side2.
Process: area = side1*side2
perimeter = 2*(side1+side2)
Output: area and perimeter
There are only 1s and 0s in a computer system.
Computers work with binary numbers.
We can convert binary numbers into their equivalent
decimal numbers that are the numbers we use in our
daily life. But what about other characters, letters,
punctuation marks, and special characters.
How can we present them to the computers?
Character encoding (character set) tables are used to
represent the characters with number codes.
ASCII (1963) and EBCDIC (1964) are two international
standard character sets.
Using ASCII codes
Using ASCII codes
ASCII (Pronounced ask-ee) is an acronym for American
Standard Code for Information Interchange.
In ASCII, every letter, number, and punctuation symbol
has a corresponding number, or ASCII code.
For example, the character for the number 1 has the
code 49, capital letter A has the code 65, and a blank
space has the code 32.
This encoding system not only lets a computer store a
document as a series of numbers, but also makes it
possible to transfer data from one computer to another.
Using ASCII codes
In an ASCII file, each alphabetic, numeric, or special
character is represented with a 7-bit binary number (a
string of seven 0s or 1s). 128 possible characters are
There are also ASCII extensions in use which utilize 8 bit
codes to represent international characters in addition
to the standard ASCII scheme.
Using ASCII codes
EBCDIC (Extended Binary Coded Decimal
Interchange Code) is an 8-bit character encoding
(code page) used on IBM mainframe operating
systems as well as IBM minicomputer operating
It is also employed on various non-IBM platforms
such as Fujitsu-Siemens and Unisys MCP.
Although it is widely used on large IBM computers,
most other computers, including PCs and
Macintoshes, use ASCII codes.
Using ASCII codes
cout prints the ASCII character of an ASCII code with
char casting.
The following program prints ASCII code of the
number 65 as a character.
ASCII code of the capital letter A is number 65.
Using ASCII codes
The following program reads an ASCII code (an integer)
and prints its character.
ASCII code table part I
ASCII code table part II
Extended ASCII code Table
Exercise: ASCII Character
Make a program to print code of an ASCII
Input: an ASCII character.
Output: ASCII code of the input character.

Sample Output:
Enter an ASCII character A
The ASCII code of A is 65
Press any key to continue . . .
Using ASCII codes
The following program demonstrates how to draw a table
by using extending ASCII code characters.
In programming, a string is an ordered series of
characters. You can consider them words and
sentences. They are represented with enclosed
double quotes in a C++ program code, like "Hello!" or
"I am learning C++".
C++ provides string class for string operations. S
string class is defined in the <string> standard library.
The instances of variable types are called variables,
whereas the instances of classes are called objects.
We are going to study classes and objects in the later
chapters of this book.
Reading and Printing Strings
#include <string>
cin reads only the first word of a string, and
cout prints all characters of a string.
The string class has its own methods
(functions) for string manipulation. We are
going to study string class later in this book.
The '+' is called string concatenation operator
with strings and is used to concatenate two
string objects. Do not confuse the string
concatenation and arithmetic addition
Examine the following two operations.
57 + 33 is 90
Here '+' is addition operator.

"57" + "33" is "5733
Here '+' is string concatenation operator.

The following example reads name and surname
of the user, and then prints a hello message.
You can give the initial values to the variables
during the declaration in C++. The following
program demonstrates how to declare
different type of variables.

Notice that string objects can be initialized in
two ways. You may use either of them in your
Initialization of Variables
Using Text Files as Input and Output
C++ provides two functions to read from a text
file and to write into a text file.

Those functions are ifstream() and ofstream().
Both functions are declared in the <fstream>

ifstream opens an existing input file whereas,
ofstream creates or recreates and opens the
output file.
#include <fstream>
Data input and output operations on text files are
performed in the same way we operated with cin and
ifstream() function defines an identifier to read from a
file, and the name and location (path) of that file. In
the same way, ofstream() function defines an identifier
to write into a file, and the name and location (path) of
the file.
I prefer to use "fin" and "fout" identifiers in my
programs fin takes the role of cin and fout takes the
role of cout.
After you have finished with the input and output files
you should close them so that their resources become
available again for the system. close() function is used
to close the open files.
The following program read two integers
(num1 and num2) from the file

Computes sum, difference, product and
quotient of those two numbers and then
writes the result into the file numbers.out.