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Make a Hassle-Free Transition to C++

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Make a Hassle-Free Transition to C++

Most of us who attended engineering school had to take a class that involved some type of programming language. Did anybody else out there get trained with punch cards? Yes, I'm clearly dating myself. But those were interesting times. You'd work on your program, output the cards, and then leave them on a shelf of the Univac operator to plug into the mainframe. You'd come back a few hours later to either a working program, or an error message that had to be deciphered.

In those days, the languages were Basic, Fortran, Pascal, and Assembly. Toward the tail end of my education, the new-fangled C language was starting to emerge. That was followed by something even more radical: C++. Today, C is somewhat dated, but still in use. C++ is still "that new programming language" to some, but more than mainstream to others.

To maximize the performance of your embedded system, you may want to give C++ a look. And it may not be as radical or "out there" as you may have been led to believe. To help simplify the process, we've arranged for a free class in our Continuing Education Center that breaks down the essentials in a very easy-to-understand manner. Taught by Colin Walls of Mentor Graphics, the class goes through the basics and provides lots of examples to help get you started. Programming Embedded Systems in C++ is being held live next week, but can be seen in its archived form at any time later.

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