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Well I just registered for Biology 101 and Computer Science 141 (Computer Programming 1). Here''s a quick description of the course:
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Introduction to development environment, introduction to computer architecture, and elements of a language such as control structures, functions, basic I/O, one-dimensional and parallel arrays, text file I/O. Algorithm development, problem solving, and software engineering are emphasized.
Basically its a C++ class and I''ve never taken a programming class before. This is basically to help me understand what on earth the software engineers are talking about when I have my job as a technical writer. I''ll be coming here a lot if I hit a roadblock, and since I''ve never programmed before, I''m thinking there might be quite a few.

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Probably something to make the class seem more advanced, by using obscure definitions of concepts or something I''d guess that it might be mutlidimensional arrays?

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parallel arrays? never heard that one before.


Parallel arrays are where you have multiple arrays where elements of one correspond to elements of the other. Eg.

float[] xCoords;
float[] yCoords;

and so xCoords[ i ] and yCoords[ i ] together define a single point.



[edited by - OrangyTang on June 4, 2003 4:35:21 AM]

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Probably something to make the class seem more advanced, by using obscure definitions of concepts or something I''d guess that it might be mutlidimensional arrays?


Nope, as the previous two post indicate; its actually a pretty common concept that you''ve somehow missed out on....



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parallel arrays? never heard that one before.

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You''ve probably used them and just didn''t know it.

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You've probably used them and just didn't know it.



No, I haven't. Why would I make two seperate arrays to represent related data?



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[edited by - wild_pointer on June 5, 2003 4:36:10 PM]

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Wouldn''t parallel arrays be similar to relational databases? E.g. one table is for looking up a customer''s id # from their name, and then all other tables are indexed using id #''s ... or something along those lines

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