You have a little work to do before you can have some fun. This chapter covers many basic but important aspects of Managed C++ programming.
You will start with variables and data types. Then you will move on to comments, literals, expressions, and operations. Next, you will explore looping and flow control. Finally, you will end with functions. You will focus on Managed C++ and its infrequently used capability to be strictly a procedure language. The next chapter will look at Managed C++ as an object-oriented language, its true claim to fame.
Even though you may know C++ very well, don't skip this chapter—several things vary between traditional C++ and Managed C++. True, some of the changes may not be significant, but recognizing and understanding these changes now may make your life easier in the future.