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Code Clinic: C++
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Code Clinic: C++

with Bill Weinman

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(whirring) - Hello, and welcome to Code Clinic. My name is Bill Weinman. Code Clinic is a monthly course where a unique problem is introduced to a collection of Lynda.com authors. In response, each author creates a solution using their programming language of choice. You can learn several things from Code Clinic, different approaches to solving a problem, the pros and cons of different languages and some tips and tricks to incorporate into your own coding practices.

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Code Clinic: C++
1h 24m Intermediate Jul 15, 2014 Updated Oct 21, 2014

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Many successful programmers know more than just a computer language. They also know how to think about solving problems. They use "computational thinking": breaking a problem down into segments that lend themselves to technical solutions. Code Clinic is a series of six courses where lynda.com authors solve the same problems using different programming languages. Here, Bill Weinman works with C++.

Each month, Bill will introduce a new challenge and provide an overview of his solution in C++, explaining how he broke the problem up into logical components, and revealing the difficulties he encountered. Challenges will include topics such as statistical analysis, searching directories for images, and accessing peripheral devices.

Visit other courses in the series to see how to solve the exact same challenge in languages like C#, Java, PHP, Python, and Ruby. And check back every month for new challenges.

Subjects:
Developer Programming Languages
Software:
C++
Author:
Bill Weinman

Introduction

(whirring) - Hello, and welcome to Code Clinic. My name is Bill Weinman. Code Clinic is a monthly course where a unique problem is introduced to a collection of Lynda.com authors. In response, each author creates a solution using their programming language of choice. You can learn several things from Code Clinic, different approaches to solving a problem, the pros and cons of different languages and some tips and tricks to incorporate into your own coding practices.

This month the problem is to create a musical instrument controlled by the mouse. Move the mouse up and down to change the pitch. Move it side to side to change the volume. The instrument is silent until we click and hold one of the mouse buttons. Letting go of the button turns off the musical tone. It's a simple request but it requires access to the mouse and it may be difficult or impossible in some languages. In all cases, we'll explore some ways to solve the problem and learn why they may not work.

Thomas Edison observed, "Negative results "are just what I want. "They're just a valuable to me as positive results. "I can never find the thing that does the job best, "until I find the ones that don't." You may wanna take some time and solve the problem yourself. In the next videos I'll explain how I answered this challenge.

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