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C++ Basic Structures: Vectors, Pointers, Strings, and Files

Codio via Coursera


Code and run your first C++ program in minutes without installing anything!

This course is designed for learners with limited coding experience, providing a solid foundation of not just C++, but core Computer Science topics that can be transferred to other languages. The modules in this course cover vectors, pointers, strings, and files. Completion of C++ Basics: Selection and Iteration before taking this course is recommended.

To allow for a truly hands-on, self-paced learning experience, this course is video-free. Assignments contain short explanations with images and runnable code examples with suggested edits to explore code examples further, building a deeper understanding by doing. You'll benefit from instant feedback from a variety of assessment items along the way, gently progressing from quick understanding checks (multiple choice, fill in the blank, and un-scrambling code blocks) to small, approachable coding exercises that take minutes instead of hours.


  • Vectors
    • Use vectors to store multiple pieces of data in a single variable. Iterate over vectors or use built-in methods and functions to manipulate vectors.
  • Pointers
    • Learn about pointers and their usage.
  • Strings
    • Store multiple characters or text in a string. Use built-in methods and functions to manipulate strings.
  • Files
    • Import and export large pieces of data from text and CSV files.

Taught by

Anh Le and Elise Deitrick

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