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If you are a premium member of lynda.com or if you're watching this tutorial on a DVD-ROM, you'll have access to some exercise files used in this title. I have them downloaded to my desktop and they are in a folder called Exercise Files. I am currently on the Mac here, but it doesn't matter if you use a different operating system. Inside that, each of the relevant chapters has its own folder and inside some of these you'll find some simple files that we will be working with during the movies and we will point the files out to you at the relevant time by just showing you the path to the file location.
But they are all just for convenience. They are not required; they just might make things a little easier when you're following along. If you don't have access to the exercise files, you can follow along from scratch although you might need to pause a movie once or twice to copy something across.
Finally, the course compares how code is written in several different languages, the libraries and frameworks that have grown around them, and the reasons to choose each one.
- Writing source code
- Understanding compiled and interpreted languages
- Requesting input
- Working with numbers, characters, strings, and operators
- Writing conditional code
- Making the code modular
- Writing loops
- Finding patterns in strings
- Working with arrays and collections
- Adopting a programming style
- Reading and writing to various locations
- Managing memory usage
- Learning about other languages