First of all, introductions. I'm a 17 year old trying to learn programming in C++, mainly to help further my chances of getting into the game design/creation field.
Right now I only have an intermediate understanding of one beginners C++ book, "Beginning C++ Game Programming", by Michael Dawson, but I also want to learn how to do simple, non-game related coding with C++. So, my question is (couldn't find anything similar with search), how would I go about making a program that runs another program, presses a button, then ends? Specifically, I'm wanting to open Ventrilo and press the connect button.