C++ Programming for Non-C Programmers


This course is a comprehensive hands-on introduction to object oriented programming in C++ for non-C programmers. Emphasis is placed on the features of C++ that support effective modeling of the problem domain and reuse of code. The course consists of two modules.

The first module introduces the core C features of C++, with simplified input/output through iostreams. The module begins with simple hands-on programming using C++ to do input, computation and output. The C++ data types are covered, and simple if tests and loops are covered. C++ program structure is introduced. Pointers, addressing, and arrays are discussed. Structures and unions are covered

In the second module, object-oriented concepts are introduced. The C++ class construct is introduced and its key features elaborated step-by-step, providing full implementation of abstract data types. C++ memory management is discussed. Function and operator overloading and the use of references are covered. The scope and access control mechanisms of C++ are described. Inheritance is introduced. The use of virtual functions to implement polymorphism is discussed.

Extensive programming examples and exercises are provided. The course is current to ANSI standard C++ and is designed so that it can be taught in any environment with an ANSI C++ compiler.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of a programming language.

Course Objectives
On completion of this course, the student should be able to
  • Learn the core C features of C++
  • Become acquainted with the basic concepts of object oriented programming
  • Acquire an introductory knowledge of C++ programming
5 Days

Instructor-led course, with practical computer-based exercises.

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Introduction to C and C++
    • 1. First C++ Programs
      • Hello, World
      • Program Structure
      • Output in C++
      • Variables and Expressions
      • Calculations Using C++
      • Input in C++
    • 2. Data Types and Operators
      • Strong Typing
      • Integer Data Types
      • Floating Point
      • Conversions Between Types
      • Arithmetic Operators
      • Doing Math in C++
    • 3. Logical and Bit Operations
      • Bool
      • Logical and Relational Operators
      • If Tests
      • Bitwise Operators
      • Shifting and Masking
    • 4. Loops and Structured Programming
      • While Loops
      • Quitting Infinite Loops
      • Curly Braces and Indenting
      • Sentinels and Counters
      • For Loops
      • Loops and If Tests Together
      • Nested If Statements
      • Structured Programming
    • 5. Functions and Program Structure
      • Function Prototypes and Type Checking
      • Returning Value and Argument Passing
      • Pass-by-Reference
      • External Variables
      • Block Structure
      • Scope
      • Header Files
      • Preprocessor
    • 6. Pointers and Arrays
      • Pointers and Addresses
      • Pointers and Function Arguments
      • Address Arithmetic
      • Pointers and Arrays
      • Arrays of Pointers
      • Command Line Arguments
      • Pointers to Functions
      • Strings
    • 7. Structures and Unions
      • Structures
      • Structures and Functions
      • Arrays of Structures
      • Unions

  • Module 2: Object-Oriented C++ Programming Fundamentals
    • 1. Concepts of Object Oriented Programming
      • Objects
      • Information Hiding and Encapsulation
      • Abstract Data Types
      • Methods and Messages
      • Classes
      • Class Inheritance
      • Polymorphism
    • 2. Classes in C++
      • Data Encapsulation in C and C++
      • Definition of C++ Classes
      • Member Data and Functions
      • this Pointer
      • Abstract Data Types
      • Organizing Code for Classes
    • 3. Functions in C++
      • Function Prototypes and Type Checking
      • Conversion of Parameters
      • Default Arguments
      • Inline Functions
      • Function Overloading
    • 4. Constructors and Destructors
      • Constructors and Initializations
      • Object Creation and Destruction
      • Destructors
      • Multiple Constructors in a Class
      • Hidden Constructors
    • 5. Memory Management in C++
      • Static, Automatic and Heap Memory
      • New and Delete
      • Handling Memory Allocation Errors
      • Hiding Details of Memory Management in a Class
      • Implementing a Dynamic String Class
    • 6. References and Argument Passing in C++
      • Call by Value
      • Reference Declarations
      • Reference Arguments
      • Copy Constructor
      • Constant Arguments and Functions
    • 7. Operator Overloading, Initialization, and Assignment
      • Operator Overloading
      • Semantics of Assignment
      • Initialization vs. Assignment
      • Overloading Assignment
      • Type Conversions
    • 8. Scope and Access Control
      • Scope in C++
      • Friend Functions
      • Const and Enumeration Types
      • Static Members
    • 9. Introduction to Inheritance
      • Inheritance for Modeling and Reuse
      • Class Derivation
      • Access Control
      • Base Class Initialization
      • Composition
      • Initializing Class Type Members
    • 10. Polymorphism and Virtual Functions
      • Virtual Functions and Dynamic Binding
      • Polymorphism in C++
      • Pointer Conversion
      • Virtual Destructors
      • Abstract Classes and Pure Virtual Functions

Hardware and Software Requirements

The course is designed to be delivered in any environment supporting an ANSI C++ compiler.

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