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CPE 357 SYSTEMS PROGRAMMING

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    Mar 07, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Challenging class but very critical to make progress in the major as it really teaches how computers truly work via memory management, I/O and system functions.

    Course highlights:

    Low level programming concepts, C libraries, Pointers (very fundamental), Syscalls (Pipes, Forks, Execs, Sockets), Data Structures, Memory allocation and management, File IO, Unix commands, scripts, compilers, debuggers.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Get proficient with Pointers well in advance before this class, linked lists, learn basic functionality of a UNIX terminal or linux based OS, learn some basic shell scripts, learn basic C programming and language nuances.

    • Spring 2017
    • George Taylor
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    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments A Few Big Assignments
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    May 23, 2016
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    CPE357 is a gateway class, and a requirement. However, despite the name, "Systems Programming", it is very much an "interview practice", or busy work class where students are expected to get friendly with the C programming language.

    Course highlights:

    There isn't too much to gain from this class if you took an APCS class; it's essentially the same thing except with C. Outside of the subject material, students are taught to manage their time and efforts efficiently.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    There's a lot of nightly homework in this class; most of which are timed. Be sure to read all the material for the night before starting the homework, and attempt as much of the homework before the due date as possible. It does pile up a lot after a while. If you keep up with the homework, it's really not so tough.

    • Fall 2016
    • STALEY
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