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1 These notes are for a second course on computer programming and
2 software development. In a first course, you likely focused on
3 learning the basics: variables, control statements, input and
4 output, files, vectors (or arrays), functions and structures. You
5 may have also had an introduction to classes. These concepts are
6 critically important and they are sufficient for the creation of
7 many useful programs. But many other programs, especially large
8 ones, require more powerful concepts and techniques. And a deeper
9 understanding of classes and design principles.
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11 In fact, the creation of large computer programs poses three basic
12 challenges. The overall goal of these notes is to teach you
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