C++ Course

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This course will keep the audience abreast of these changes. It covers four main areas: new and advanced language features; using the standard library; implementing object-oriented concepts and patterns in C++; effective C++ programming techniques and idioms. It also suggests ways to maximise efficiency, code quality, and reusability.


Each participant will leave with a recognised certificate


  • Evolution of Standard C++
  • ISO C
  • ISO C++
  • Overview of the standard library
  • C++11 Language Enhancements
  • Changes to the language and syntax
  • lambdas, r-values and move constructor
  • additions to the standard library
  • C++ and OO Refresher
  • Abstraction and encapsulation
  • Composition and association
  • Inheritance and polymorphism
  • Patterns and idioms
  • Copying and Conversions
  • The staticcast, dynamiccast, constcast and reinterpretcast keyword casts
  • Logical vs physical const-ness and the mutable keyword
  • Converting constructors and the explicit keyword
  • User defined conversion operators
  • Copy construction and assignment
  • Scope
  • Static class members
  • The Singleton pattern
  • Nested classes
  • Nested class forward declarations
  • The Cheshire Cat idiom
  • Namespaces
  • Delegation Techniques
  • The Object Adapter pattern
  • The Null Object Pattern
  • The Proxy pattern
  • Overloading the member access operator
  • Smart pointers
  • The Template Method pattern
  • Factory objects
  • Subscripting Techniques
  • Overloading the subscript operator
  • Overloading with respect to const-ness
  • Smart references
  • Multi-dimensional subscripting
  • Associative containers
  • Template Functions
  • Using and implementing generic algorithms with template functions
  • Overloading and specialising template functions
  • Template instantiation and linkage
  • Template Classes
  • Using and implementing generic types with templates classes
  • Multiple template parameters
  • The standard vector, list, pair, and map template classes
  • Iterators and Algorithms
  • The need for Iterators
  • The standard library (STL) iterator model
  • Generic algorithms using iterators
  • STL algorithm pitfalls
  • Introduction to function objects
  • Exception Handling and Safety
  • Reviewing Exception handling
  • Strategies for handling exceptions
  • Resource acquisition idioms for exception safety
  • Exceptions in constructors
  • Exceptions in destructors
  • Exception safe classes
  • STL exception safety guarantees
  • Memory Management
  • Object life cycle
  • Allocation failure
  • Customising memory allocation
  • Optimising allocation for a class through caching
  • Derivation safe allocation
  • Controlling timing of construction and destruction
  • Reference Counting
  • Reference counting shared representation
  • Reference counted strings for copy optimisation
  • Subscripting issues
  • Smart pointers for simple, automatic garbage collection
  • Inheritance Techniques
  • Subtyping vs subclassing
  • Abstract and concrete base classes
  • Inheritance scoping issues
  • Multiple inheritance
  • Virtual base classes
  • Interface classes
  • Mixin classes
  • Runtime type information (RTTI)
  • Private and protected inheritance
  • The Class Adapter pattern
  • Functional Abstraction
  • Traditional callbacks using function pointers
  • The Command pattern
  • More on function objects
  • Member function pointers
  • Template Techniques
  • Templating on precision
  • Template adapters
  • Default template parameters
  • Template specialisation
  • Trait classes
  • Member templates
  • Non-type template parameters
  • Optimising template code space
  • Multithreading Techniques
  • Creating multithreaded applications in C++ using the new std::thread class and other related classes new to C++11
  • Brief overview of essential threading concepts
  • Dealing with interesting issues concerning shared data, using locks, atomic and conditional variables

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