The C++ Standard Template Library
Current Version: 1.0a
The C++ Standard Template Library (STL) is a set of powerful tools which can dramatically increase productivity and software reliability. This course teaches the C++ programmer how to make effective use of the STL, by describing the tools that are available and their abilities, and giving tips and examples on how to incorporate them into programs and projects. Aditionally, students are taught how to design new STL-like tools for situations where existing components are inadequate.
A sound knowledge of C++ is essential, including familiarity with templates and operator overloading. A reasonably comprehensive C++ course should be a provide sufficient background, providing the student has previous programming experience.
On completion of this course, the student should be able to
Describe the components of the STL
Outline the advantages of template-based programming
Select appropriate STL tools
Effectively use STL containers, iterators and algorithms
Design and implement new containers, iterators and algorithms
This course may prove useful to the people such as:
Experienced C++ programmers familiar with older C++ systems without STL
Programmers learning C++, who have completed training in the main features of the language
Further knowledge and experience of C++ programming can be gained by studying:
Advanced C++ Programming
Instructor-led course, with practical computer-based exercises.
What is the STL
History of the STL
Disadvantages of traditional C/C++
How STL solves common C/C++ problems
Double ended queue
What are iterators
Types of iterators
Creating plug-in algorithms
Hardware and Software Requirements
Any machine with a C++ compiler that has a robust STL implmentation, such as the GNU g++ compiler or recent Visual C++ versions. Integrated development environment preferable.