Introduction to C++ Programming Training

Level: Foundation
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For those with a background in a procedural programming language, this course provides a foundation in C++ syntax and usage, as well as object-oriented programming. With this training, you learn how to use C++ functions and variables, leverage advanced features — including constructors, destructors, inheritance, and polymorphism — and gain an understanding of how C++ offers greater ability than C.

Key Features of this C++ Programming Training:

  • After-course instructor coaching benefit
  • After-course computing sandbox included

You Will Learn How To:

  • Create, compile, and run C++ programs
  • Perform traditional programming operations
  • Write classes to produce maintainable projects
  • Manage dynamic data reliably and efficiently

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C++ Programming Course Information

  • Requirements

    • At least one year of programming experience using a compiled, procedural language such as Pascal, FORTRAN, COBOL, PL/1, or Ada
    • Prior experience with C, C++, or Java is not assumed
    • HTML or SQL experience alone is not adequate

C++ Programming Course Outline

  • Introduction and Overview

    • Relating C, C++, Java, and C#
    • The in-class development environment
    • Other development environments
  • C++ Programming Building Blocks

    The main function and standard I/O

    • Displaying values and strings to cout
    • Reading values from cin
    • Formatting with stream manipulators

    Objects, constants, and references

    • Declaring and initializing variables
    • Utilizing C++ 11/14 new keywords
    • Integer and floating-point data types
    • Performing calculations and displaying results
    • Utilizing references for efficiency and constants for safety

    Defining and calling functions

    • Passing arguments to functions and returning values from functions
    • Call-by-value vs. call-by-reference vs. call-by-address
    • Scope, duration, and initial values variables

    Decisions, loops, and logic

    • Making decisions with if/else
    • bool vs. int logical values
    • if/else statement "chains"
    • Performing loops with while and for
    • Implementing C++ range-based for loops
    • Equality, relational, and logical operators

    Arrays, pointers, and strings

    • Declaring and using arrays and pointers
    • Storing strings in character arrays
    • Accessing array elements via pointers
    • Pointers vs. references
    • Standard string class and functions
  • Defining C++ Classes and Objects

    Encapsulating higher-level data types

    • Public member functions and private data members
    • Protected class members
    • Constructors and destructors
    • Self-reference: the this pointer
    • The class member operator (::)

    Declaring, accessing, and modifying objects

    • Manipulating arrays of objects, pointers to objects and references to objects
    • Invoking member functions
    • const member functions
    • Passing objects by value and by reference

    Overloading and templates

    • Simplifying class interfaces
    • Function signatures
    • Overloading assignment (=) and insertion (\<\<)
    • friend functions and classes
    • Explicit copy/move construction
    • Avoiding default assignment and copy construction
    • Utilizing STL templates to define families of classes

    Separating interfaces and implementations

    • How separation supports code reuse
    • Building header files and code files
  • Extending Classes via Inheritance

    Deriving new classes from existing classes

    • Construction and destruction of derived objects
    • Reusability via incremental extensions
    • Base classes and derived classes

    Utilizing polymorphic functions

    • Overriding virtual base-class member functions in derived classes
    • Runtime lookup of functions through base-class pointers and references

    Managing dynamic data

    • Allocating and deallocating memory with new and delete
    • Handling errors with try and catch
    • Avoiding memory leaks
    • Utilizing lambdas and smart pointers

    Standards and Portability

    • Applicability to Windows and UNIX/Linux
    • ANSI/ISO C++ 11/14 and evolving standards

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