Advanced C++ Programming
Private Training

Course Summary

C++, based on the C programming language, is an Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) language. Unlike C, C++ is built on the concept of “objects” instead of using data and actions on data as the basis for the program’s logic. Using OOP, related data and routines are grouped into an object that then relates to other objects in the program. These objects can represent all of the parts and functions of a real entity or an abstract idea. C++ is a powerful language that is inherently useful for large-scale projects.

This course broadens the skills of a C++ programmer by presenting an in-depth treatment of templates, exceptions, memory management, advanced inheritance issues, disambiguation, adaptors, reference counting, runtime type identification, and the standard template library. Group discussions and lab exercises support the classroom lectures.

Anybody who has been programming in C++ and wishes to enhance their knowledge of the language.
Course Length
4 Days
C++ Programming.


Write programs using the C++ template facility

Distinguish between the different forms of inheritance

Identify the correct C++ feature to implement a particular design specification

Implement multiple inheritance when necessary

Write programs which utilize a robust set of data structure classes

Understand programs which use function pointers in a wide variety of problems

Use the exception handling capability of modern C++ compilers

Use the algorithms, containers, and iterators from the new Standard Template Library

Understand the complex set of rules which govern C++’s disambiguation algorithm

Write programs that use the advanced I/O features from the iostreams library

Detailed Outline

  1. Course Introduction
    • Course Objectives
    • Overview
    • Suggested References
  2. What You Should Already Know-a Review
    • Rationale for a new programming language
    • The language of Object Orientation
    • A typical C++ class
    • Issues regarding member functions vs. non-member functions
    • friend Or non friend
    • functions – returning references
    • Relationships
    • Initialization lists
    • Inheritance in C++
    • Access Levels
    • Simple C++ I/O
    • The uses of const
  3. Parameterized Types – Templates
    • Templates
    • Overloading functions
    • Template functions
    • Specializing a template function
    • Disambiguation under specialization
    • Template classes
    • Instantiating a template class object
    • Rules for template classes
    • Non member function w/ a template argument
    • Friends of template classes
    • Templates with multiple type parameters
    • Comments regarding templates
  4. Relationships of All Kinds
    • Uses of Member Initialization Lists
    • Member initialization lists under composition
    • Initialization lists under inheritance
    • Initialization lists w/ Multiple Inheritance (MI)
    • Initialization with MI and composition
    • Efficiency
    • operator= and composition
    • Constructors and composition
    • What is not inherited?
    • operator=, construction, and inheritance
    • Public inheritance
    • Virtual functions
    • A shape class hierarchy
    • Polymorphism
    • Pure virtual functions
    • Abstract base classes
    • Private inheritance
    • Using relationships
    • Associations
  5. Multiple Inheritance
    • Multiple inheritance
    • Ambiguities
    • virtual base classes
    • The Dominance Rule
    • Member initialization lists
    • operator=
  6. Data Structures
    • Introduction
    • A simple List
    • Layering type safe classes upon List
    • A template List class
    • Iterators
    • A template iterator
    • Stack and Queue classes
    • Templates and Inheritance
  7. Function Pointers
    • Why have function pointers?
    • Passing functions as arguments
    • Registering functions
    • Function pointers in C++
    • Callback functions
    • A class with a callback object
    • Registration of exceptions handlers
  8. Exceptions
    • What are exceptions?
    • Traditional approaches to error handling
    • try, catch, and throw
    • A simple exception handler
    • Multiple catch blocks
    • The exception specification list
    • Rethrowing an exception
    • Cleanup
    • Exception matching
    • Inheritance and exceptions
    • Resource allocation
    • Constructors and exceptions
    • Destructors and exceptions
    • Catch by reference
    • Standard exceptions
  9. Standard Template Library
    • The Standard Template Library
    • Design goals
    • STL Components
    • Iterators
    • Example: vector
    • Example: list
    • Example: set
    • Example: map
    • Example: find
    • Example: merge
    • Example: accumulate
    • Function objects
    • Adaptors
  10. Disambiguation
    • Conversion
    • int Conversions
    • float + double Conversions
    • Arithmetic and pointer conversions
    • Inheritance based conversion
    • Overloaded functions
    • Exact match
    • Match with promotion
    • Match with standard conversion
    • User defined conversion
    • Constructors as conversion operators
    • Ambiguities
  11. File I/O
    • Introduction
    • Manipulators
    • Writing your own manipulators
    • Overloading the I/O operators
    • Disk files
    • Reading and writing objects
    • Internal transmission of data
    • A spell checker
    • Handling Streams in the constructor and destructor
    • Treating a file as an array
  12. Miscellaneous Topics
    • Namespaces
    • Use counts
    • Reference counts
    • RTTI
    • Casts
    • Having a limited number of objects
    • Smart pointers