Reflective Essay on Data Structure and File Management Coursework
C++ is an object-oriented, low-level ANSI and ISO standard programming language that
can generate very efficient and very fast programs. As an object-oriented language large-
scale programs C++ is one of the most popular programming.
Initially when the project was given my first reaction was how will I be able integrate my
limited programming knowledge of C++ and fact that it was done in the reverse of me
currently doing C programming. This would however cause a conflict of interest that I
will not confuse the programming languages and I would have to do adequate research
and revisiting my notes on C++.
Given the draft of how the program will be coded, according to the task allotted to me
(calculating salary) the first challenge faced was when the hours worked is entered
an error check was needed to check the validity of the hours entered. An error check
was implemented in the function to calculate payroll when hours worked was entered.
Whenever an error occurs the system will return an error message and prompt the user
to reenter the hours worked according to the outlined criteria. After reentering the hours
worked again a display was done and the gross pay and other calculations were not
seen. However after many error checks and tests the decision was made to insert a new
function called calcpay to calculate the salary while the payroll function was used to
insert the hours worked and check for errors.
Another occurrence of challenge that was face when programming the system is that
the backup of the system was not writing to the file. This was because the writing of
the “payroll.dat” was done when the system close (exit) and the backup was before the
calling of the function to calculate payroll. The decision was made to merge the Backup
and Store function in one “Case” in the switch so that while the system will be saving...
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