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Software Programming Fundamentals

This course presents the basic concepts of computer programming and structured programming concepts.

GK# 7338

Course Overview

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This course presents the basic concepts of computer programming and introduces learners to structured programming concepts, coding design, and style. Learners will be introduced to selection and repetition programming constructs, structured data types, and procedures. This path aims to teach generic programming concepts and skills using pseudo code to illustrate and work through algorithms and programming logic. Appropriate programming languages are used as actual manifestations to illustrate selected examples.

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What You'll Learn

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  • Design and Development Best Practices
  • Source Coding Best Practices
  • Software Security Best Practices
  • Best Practices for Maintaining Code
  • Getting Started with Software Programming
  • Introduction to Software Program Design
  • Software Program Control Flow Fundamentals

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Software Programming Fundamentals: Design and Development Best Practices

  • Describe the concept of planning and its part in the creation of a software application
  • Describe the concept of planning and its part in the creation of a software application
  • Identify why it is important to properly plan your project
  • Identify why it is important to properly plan your project
  • Describe the initial steps taken in planning your software application project
  • Identify the main components included in a planning document
  • Identify the importance of maintaining and updating your planning document
  • Identify issues that your design should address
  • Identify the main components of a design document
  • Identify the main components of a design document
  • Describe how the planning documentation is helpful during the design stage of your project
  • Describe how the planning documentation is helpful during the design stage of your project
  • Identify the importance of maintaining and updating your design documentation
  • Identify the importance of maintaining and updating your design documentation
  • Describe the importance of the planning and design stages of software development
  • Describe the importance of the planning and design stages of software development
  • Identify the characteristics of the Sequential software development model
  • Identify the characteristics of the Sequential software development model
  • Identify the characteristics of the Iterative and Incremental software development models
  • Identify the characteristics of the Iterative and Incremental software development models
  • Describe the features and benefits of using the Waterfall method for development
  • Describe the features and benefits of using the Agile software development method
  • Describe the features and benefits of using the Spiral software development method
  • Describe the features and benefits of using the RAD method for development
  • Describe the features and benefits of using the prototyping method for software development
  • Describe the features and benefits of using the prototyping method for software development
  • Describe the purpose, main sections, and importance of a development document
  • Describe the benefits associated with implementing coding standards in your project
  • Describe the benefits of implementing version control in your documentation and project
  • Identify the importance of maintaining and updating your development document
  • List the methodologies and importance of documentation during the software development stage

Software Programming Fundamentals: Source Coding Best Practices

  • Recognize the benefits and importance of writing quality source code
  • Recognize the benefits and importance of writing quality source code
  • Describe the concept of self-documenting code and its importance in the creation process
  • Describe the concept of self-documenting code and its importance in the creation process
  • Describe why you should include comments in your code and distinguish good comments from bad ones
  • Identify best formatting practices for use in your source code
  • Identify source code that utilizes best coding conventions
  • Recognize the benefits of using best practices for naming identifiers in your program
  • Recognize the various styles used in different programming languages for naming identifiers
  • Recognize the various styles used in different programming languages for naming identifiers
  • Recognize the best practices used when naming identifiers
  • Recognize the best practices used when naming identifiers
  • Recognize identifiers that follow the best practices
  • Recognize identifiers that follow the best practices
  • Describe the purpose of methods and be able to distinguish between methods and procedures
  • Describe the purpose of methods and be able to distinguish between methods and procedures
  • Describe method cohesion and its advantages when creating methods
  • Describe method cohesion and its advantages when creating methods
  • Identify best practices for working with arguments and distinguish between by value and by reference parameters
  • Identify best practices for working with arguments and distinguish between by value and by reference parameters
  • Identify best practices for working with return values
  • Identify best practices for working with exceptions
  • Identify source code that follows best practices for method writing
  • Describe the capabilities of a class, including abstraction and encapsulation
  • Recognize best practices for using constructors and destructors
  • Recognize best practices for using constructors and destructors
  • Identify best practices for declaring a class and creating an object of that class
  • Recognize best practices for implementing inheritance and polymorphism
  • Describe the characteristics and use of interfaces and abstract classes
  • Recognize how to create and work with interfaces
  • Recognize how to create and work with abstract classes
  • Describe the benefits of following best practices when creating source code

Software Programming Fundamentals: Software Security Best Practices

  • Identify the goal of application security and the need to consider security issues in the design and development of software applications
  • Identify the goal of application security and the need to consider security issues in the design and development of software applications
  • List the guidelines for implementing security in your software development process
  • List the guidelines for implementing security in your software development process
  • Recognize the various ways that your application can develop security problems
  • Identify the possible consequences of security problems
  • Identify the importance of data validation within your application
  • Describe the main functions that your data validation should perform on input data
  • Recognize code that follows best practices for validating input data
  • Recognize code that follows best practices for validating input data
  • Identify the importance of validating and encoding output data returned from your application
  • Identify the importance of validating and encoding output data returned from your application
  • Recognize code that follows best practices for validating output data
  • Recognize code that follows best practices for validating output data
  • Recognize the importance of implementing authentication within your application and how it relates to security issues
  • Recognize the importance of implementing authentication within your application and how it relates to security issues
  • Identify the various resources requiring authentication and potential associated security issues
  • Identify the various resources requiring authentication and potential associated security issues
  • Identify best practices for implementing authentication within your application
  • Identify best practices for implementing authentication within your application
  • Recognize best practices for creating secure passwords
  • Recognize best practices for allowing users to change or recover passwords
  • Identify best practices for managing and maintaining passwords
  • Describe best practices for safely and securely handling errors in your application
  • List information contained in logs and how to securely handle the log files your application generates
  • List information contained in logs and how to securely handle the log files your application generates
  • Identify best practices for securing data that is accessible by your application
  • Describe best practices for securing the uploading of files from within your application
  • Describe best practices for securing database access from your application
  • Identify best practices your application should use for managing memory
  • List the best practices for creating secure applications

Software Programming Fundamentals: Best Practices for Maintaining Code

  • Describe what refactoring is and recognize the benefits of performing code refactoring
  • Describe what refactoring is and recognize the benefits of performing code refactoring
  • Identify code conditions that can benefit from refactoring
  • Identify code conditions that can benefit from refactoring
  • List the steps involved when performing refactoring on source code
  • Identify best practices for refactoring
  • Describe how refactoring can be implemented to improve methods in your source code
  • Recognize techniques for refactoring program functionality when working with objects
  • Describe refactoring techniques to simplify how your program works with data
  • Describe refactoring techniques to simplify how your program works with data
  • Describe how conditional statements in your source code can be optimized with refactoring
  • Describe how conditional statements in your source code can be optimized with refactoring
  • Recognize how refactoring can help optimize calls to methods in your source code
  • Recognize how refactoring can help optimize calls to methods in your source code
  • Describe how to improve generalization in object-oriented programming through refactoring
  • Describe how to improve generalization in object-oriented programming through refactoring
  • List the benefits and categories of refactoring code
  • List the benefits and categories of refactoring code
  • Identify the benefits of performing maintenance on source code
  • Identify the benefits of performing maintenance on source code
  • Identify the types of peer reviews and describe the benefits of performing inspections on your source code
  • List the roles and responsibilities of the participants involved in peer review inspections
  • List the stages of a software inspection and describe the function of each
  • Describe the sources and effects of errors within your software application
  • List and describe the most common types of errors caused by poor programming
  • List and describe the most common types of errors caused by poor programming
  • Identify the sources of errors introduced by code improvements and how best to minimize these errors
  • Describe how functionality errors occur and how to minimize them
  • List the various methods for testing your programs
  • Describe the purpose and principles of unit testing
  • Describe the techniques for detecting bugs when testing your programs
  • List the steps involved when debugging your source code
  • Identify the benefits of maintaining, testing, and debugging source code

Getting Started with Software Programming

  • Identify stages in the evolution of software programming languages
  • Recognize the main types of programming languages that evolved
  • Recognize the main types of programming languages that evolved
  • Recognize the steps in the software development life cycle
  • Recognize the steps in the software development life cycle
  • Identify the differences between the waterfall and extreme programming software development methodologies
  • Recognize the features of common programming methodologies
  • Recognize the features of a good program
  • Recognize the functions of common program development tools
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of computer languages, programs and programmer tools
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of computer languages, programs and programmer tools
  • Demonstrate knowledge of software methodologies and programming approaches
  • Demonstrate knowledge of software methodologies and programming approaches
  • Recognize factors to consider when writing an algorithm using the top-down approach
  • Recognize factors to consider when writing an algorithm using the top-down approach
  • Recognize how to structure algorithms
  • Recognize how to structure algorithms
  • Recognize examples of sequence, selection, and repetition
  • Recognize examples of sequence, selection, and repetition
  • Express inputs, processes and outputs as an algorithm
  • Express inputs, processes and outputs as an algorithm
  • Create a letter-counting algorithm
  • Create a tax-calculating algorithm

Introduction to Software Program Design

  • Recognize how to create a variable
  • Recognize the conventions for naming a variable
  • Recognize the conventions for naming a variable
  • Identify the types of data stored in variables
  • Identify the types of data stored in variables
  • Identify the functions of mathematical and comparison operators
  • Recognize how operators are evaluated
  • Recognize how variables, operators, and values are used to construct expressions
  • Recognize how to build expressions
  • Recognize how to use arrays in programs
  • Recognize how to use arrays in programs
  • Recognize how to create arrays in BASIC, C++, and Revolution
  • Recognize how to create arrays in BASIC, C++, and Revolution
  • Recognize called procedures in code examples
  • Recognize called procedures in code examples
  • Recognize the difference between local and global variables
  • Recognize the difference between local and global variables
  • Use arrays in programs
  • Use arrays in programs
  • Use procedures in programs
  • Use procedures in programs

Software Program Control Flow Fundamentals

  • Recognize the features of IF statements
  • Recognize how programming languages process IF statements
  • Recognize how programming languages process IF statements
  • Identify the features of CASE statements
  • Identify the features of CASE statements
  • Identify the steps in solving a basic programming problem
  • Complete branching statements in C code
  • Complete IF statements in a given example
  • Complete CASE statements in a given example
  • Complete a program based on a defining table in a given example
  • Complete a program based on a defining table in a given example
  • Sequence the operations in a FOR loop
  • Sequence the operations in a FOR loop
  • Recognize how to use the FOR loop in computer programs
  • Recognize how to use the FOR loop in computer programs
  • Recognize how to use the WHILE loop in computer programs
  • Recognize how to use the WHILE loop in computer programs
  • Recognize where to use the WHILE loop
  • Recognize where to use the WHILE loop
  • Analyze the use of a WHILE loop in PASCAL code in given examples
  • Analyze the use of a WHILE loop in PASCAL code in given examples
  • Create a defining table to determine inputs, processes, and outputs
  • Structure an algorithm containing a FOR loop
  • Complete a WHILE loop in an algorithm

Who Should Attend

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This course is targeted toward managers and developers wishing to learn the best practices used in the design and development of software applications. Working knowledge of the software creation process and software programming may be beneficial.

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