Advanced C++ Programming

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This course is for experienced C++ programmers who wish to deepen their understanding of the language and learn advanced techniques. The course consists of three modules. A preliminary module reviews topics, including inheritance, the ANSI C++ Standard Library, templates. I/O streams, and practical issues of C++ programming, such as reliability, testing, efficiency and interfacing to C. This material is covered as needed depending on the background of the students. The second module covers more advanced topics. Advanced issues of inheritance and polymorphism are covered. Principles of effective class design, including the orthodox canonical form, use of composition, templates and interface inheritance. The course covers exception handling and runtime type information (RTTI). Multiple inheritance is covered, including the complications that are introduced by this powerful feature. Advanced applications of C++ concepts are studied, including smart pointers and reference counting. The third module introduces the Standard Template Library (STL). The main components of data structures, algorithms and iterators are covered. Illustrations are provided of a number of important containers, such as vectors, stacks, queues, lists and sets. Extensive programming examples and exercises are provided. A number of progressively developed case studies are used to illustrate object oriented programming techniques and to give the student practical experience in putting together features of C++ learned in the course. A file is provided containing all the examples and laboratory exercises in the course.
C++ programming experience
Module 1. Intermediate C++ Programming:
Inheritance and Polymorphism:
Class Derivation
Access Control
Base Class Initialization
Initializing Class Type Members
Polymorphism and Virtual Functions
Pointer Conversion
Virtual Destructors
Abstract Classes and Pure Virtual Functions
ANSI C++ Library:
New Header Files
Namespaces in the Standard Library
ANSI C++ String Classes
Templates in the Standard Library
C++ Template Mechanism
Function Templates
Class Templates
Generic Programming
Implementing a General Array Class
Standard Template Library
Input/Output in C++:
Streams I/O Library
Formatted Stream I/O
File I/O
I/O in User Defined Classes
Practical Aspects of C++ Programming:
Interfacing C and C++
Reliability in C++ Programs
Testing Considerations
Efficiency Considerations
Module 2. Advanced C++ Topics:
Advanced Polymorphism and Inheritance:
Orthodox Canonical Form
Public, Private and Protected Inheritance
Composition vs. Inheritance
Templates vs. Inheritance
Interface Encapsulation
Exception Handling:
C++ Exception Mechanism
Exceptions Compared to Other Error Handling Techniques
throw, try and catch
Exception Context and Stack Unwinding
Uncaught Exceptions
Automatic Cleanup in Exception Handling
Runtime Type Information:
Runtime Type Information (RTTI) Mechanism
type_info Class and typeid Operator
Type Safe Pointer Conversion
New C++ Cast Syntax
Inheritance Hierarchies and Multiple Inheritance:
Smalltalk Style Class Hierarchies
Collection Classes in Object-Based Hierarchies
Independent Class Hierarchies in C++
Multiple Inheritance
Resolving Ambiguities
Duplicate Subobjects
Virtual Base Classes
RTTI in Multiple Inheritance
Applications of C++ Concepts:
Object Validation
Smart Pointers
Reference Counting
Generic Smart Pointers
Module 3. Fundamentals of STL:
An Overview of Templates:
Overloading functions
Template functions
Specializing a template function
Disambiguation under specialization
Template classes
An array template class
Instantiating a template class object
Rules for templates
Non member function with a template argument
Friends of template classes
Templates with multiple type parameters
Non type parameters for template classes
Comments regarding templates
Overview of the Standard Template Library:
History and evolution
New features in C++
The Standard Template Library
Design goals
Header files
STL components
Examples from STL:
Example: vectors, lists
Example: maps
Example: sets
Example: multiset
Example: find with a vector
Example: find with a list
Example: merge
Function objects
STL Containers:
The beauty of STL
Associative Containers
STL Iterators:
Input iterators
Output iterators
Forward iterators
Backward iterators