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Karel++: A Gentle Introduction to the Art of Object-Oriented Programming

Joseph Bergin, Mark Stehlik, Jim Roberts, Richard E. Pattis

ISBN: 978-0-471-13809-9 October 1996 208 Pages


Using the same format that has become so popular in Pascal, Karel the Robot has now become object-oriented. This book is intended to teach novice programmers the fundamentals of object-oriented programming. It accomplishes this goal with an analog equivalent of C++ that allows introductory computer science students to work through a programming project from start to finish.

The book opens by explaining the elaborate Robot world that Karel lives in, a world filled with objects. The text continues this strong metaphor throughout. Through the metaphor, students learn the art of solving programming problems in an object-oriented paradigm.

This text is suitable for any introductory or second course in computer science where C++ is used.

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The Robot World.

Primitive Instructions and Simple Programs.

Extending the Robot Programming Language.

Conditionally Executing Instructions.

Instructions That Repeat.

Advanced Techniques for Robots.

  • Rich problem sets test students' understanding of programming fundamentals as they move through the robot world.
  • Unique Application of programming skills heightens student motivation.
  • Organization allows students and professors to easily navigate from the world of Pascal and structured programming to the world of C++ and OOP.
  • Allows Object-Oriented concepts to be introduced into any programming course in an interesting way.
  • Software included with the test guides students through the pitfalls of C++ programming.