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  1. Roman

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    What programming language is used in the CS classes? Thanks.
     
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    hornetguy USAFA Cadet

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    Core class uses Raptor and Matlab. The major uses pretty much everything, but mainly Java and C++.
     
  3. sooner

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    they don't start you off with C++?
     
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    icelander27 USMA Cadet

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    Which one would you recommend learning? I'm in a class doing HTML work, but the teacher said he could start teaching me some other stuff if I wanted because I am so far ahead.
     
  5. CadCandMateus

    CadCandMateus Recent Grad

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    learn raptor




    LOL

    lol why would they start you off with C++...
     
  6. Roman

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    HTML is basically worthless. I'm fluent XHTML/CSS, but not anything else, so I'm planning on getting familiar with a real language before going to an academy since I want to major in computer engineering.
     
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    hornetguy USAFA Cadet

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    Learn Java, that's the favorite.
     
  8. sooner

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    I'm taking beginning programming at OKC community college and we start off with C++, so does Intro to Programming at OU.

    I'm pretty sure college of engineering does Matlab at some point but its not in the first year, maybe not in the second, lol. I don't know if we EVER do raptor...but I'm mech E not CS so...:scratch:
     
  9. J.NordicSkier7

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    I'm lost here. I may be getting the IB Diploma, but for a projected engineering major, I'm clueless about computers :confused:
     
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    yeah, I'm not an expert on CS either

    ...and isn't that horrible for someone who's thinking about double majoring?:biggrin:

    I just know what they start you off in at the local schools
     
  11. missmuff

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    Raptor's an Academy-staff invented program. :smile:
     
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    lol

    well that explains why I have no clue what it is:shake:
     
  13. btown13

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    so, I have almost zero computer programming experience. how screwed will i be next year?
     
  14. Roman

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    I imagine that's how most people are.
     
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    CadCandMateus Recent Grad

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    lol you won't be screwed.
     
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    I'm planning on majoring in computer security, so I've been checking out this Rapor. It doesn't look as hard-core as C++ or other high-level languages and from what I've turned up the program used to program in Raptor (how ironic...) is somewhat what-you-see-is-what-you-get.

    Personally, I'd prefer to learn something like C or C++ (I'm a Linux guy and about 90% of the system is in these languages), but I've seen things like this used as "gateway languages" to learn programming concepts. Raptor may be a teaching tool so we can learn programming theory before practice.

    -CJ
     
  17. hornetguy

    hornetguy USAFA Cadet

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    Raptor just is a gateway language. I learned Java in high school, made raptor a joke. If you become a comp sci major, you will learn plenty more languages.
     
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    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    yeah, I learned a lot of Visual Basic 6.0 in HS. It made Raptor a joke.

    Raptor is a programming language for people who don't do programming. Drag and drop boxes for coding?!:yllol:

    Now, MatLab messed with my head a little bit. "What's the syntax for triple integrals?"
     
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    VB is a very nice program to learn if you want to start off with something that takes moderate skill, but is easy to understand. I am taking a CHS class on it through U of PITT
     

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