Software Development of Engineers using C, C++, Pascal, Assembly,
Visual Basic and Java
Specialization in software development is becoming a thing of the
past. Previously many software developers specialized on software
languages such as FORTRAN, C and Pascal. This was mainly because these
languages al-lowed access to all the required functionality. In modern
times with the move towards graphical user interface programming a
developer must choose not only the required software language(s) but
also the required set of development tools for a specific purpose.
Typical decision might be to:
Typical modern development languages are C/C++, Visual Basic, Ada
(especially in military applications), Java and Delphi. This book
introduces C/C++ which can be used in C/C++ and Java development applications.
Pascal is useful in developing Delphi and Ada applications. Visual
Basic is used to write Microsoft Windows applications and 80X86 Assembly
Lan-guage programming is useful in writing extremely fast sections
of code and in appreciating the operation of the PC. The main objective
of the text is to provide a single source of reference and learning
material for most of the main technical programming languages. It
can be used by undergraduates through a course of study from first
year to final and from introductory tutorial work to advanced user
interfaces and project work. It can also be used by professional developers
with a knowledge of one or more of the software development language
who wish to learn some, or all, or the others, or how these languages
can be used in 'real-life' applications. The text splits into five
Section A: Pascal/C/C++ programming
gives an introduction to structured software development using
Section B: Visual Basic programming
gives an introduction to the development of graphical user interfaces
for Microsoft Windows.
Section C: 80x86 assembly language programs
shows how the development of mixed language C/80X86 programs.
Section D: DOS, Windows 3 and Windows 95.
Section E: Applications
including digital input/output interfacing, PC Interrupts, PC
Graphics and RS-232C serial communications.
Section F: Projects
'real-life' student assigment projects.
The text uses C and Pascal to provide a basic grounding in software
development. These are used to show structured software development
concepts, such as repetition, decision making and modular development.
The more advanced concept of object-oriented design is introduced
with the C++ de-velopment. The Visual Basic section contains program
examples which can be used to develop graphical user interface programs.
Many software development job advertisements now specify the re-quirement
for a mixture of software languages on possibly several different
operating systems. Software development has thus evolved to the point
where it is possible to integrate different software tools to produce
the re-quire system. The user interface of a program might be developed
using a graphical programming language such as Visual Basic and various
specialized modules within the program could be developed in C/C++.
In summary, in a changing employment market: 'it is essential to become
multi-skilled in different areas and applications'