Advanced C++ with Focus on Software Engineering @ RRZE

Date: February 15-17, 2017 9:00 - 17:00
Location: FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
Computer Science Building
Martensstr. 3
91058 Erlangen
"There is no point in developing software unless you care about it doing it well."
(Andrew Hunt, David Thomas: The Pragmatic Programmer)

This advanced C++ training is a course on object-oriented (OO) software design with the C++ programming language. The focus of the training are the essential OO and C++ software development principles, concepts, idioms, and best practices, which enable programmers to create professional, high-quality code. The course will not address special areas and applications of C++, such as for instance Template Meta Programming (TMP), or the quirks and curiosities of the C++ language. It rather teaches guidelines to develop mature, robust, and maintainable C++ code. The following topics will be covered:

 1st day schedule (9:00 - 17:00)

  • Essential Object-Oriented Design Principles
    • The core of object-oriented programming
    • The SOLID principles
  • Concepts and the STL
    • Overview of the STL
    • Proper use of the STL

 2nd day schedule (9:00 - 17:00)

  •  Class Design
    •  Proper Handling of Member Data
    •  Proper Interface Design
    •  Compiler Generated Functions
    •  Move Semantics
    •  Proper Design of Polymorphic Interfaces
    •  Const Correctness
    •  Visibility vs. Accessibility

 3rd day schedule (9:00 - 17:00)

  • Robust Code
    • Error Propagation
    • Exception Safety
    • RAII
    • Handling Legacy Code
  • Proper Use of Dynamic Polymorphism
    • Non-public Inheritance
    • Public Inheritance
  • Dependency Breaking Techniques
    • Breaking Include Dependencies
    • Classical Design Patterns Revisited
  • Non-Intrusive Design

Contents are subject to modifications.

Gained Skills: After this course, participants ...
  • ... will have a detailed understanding of the essential OO design principles
  • ... will have gained knowledge about fundamental C++ programming concepts and idioms
  • ... will be able to properly design classes and class interfaces
  • ... will know about the importance of exception safe programming
  • ... will avoid the usual pitfalls in the context of inheritance
  • ... will comprehend the advantages of non-intrusive design
  • ... will understand the virtue of clean code
Prerequisites: Course participants should have basic UNIX/Linux knowledge (login with secure shell, shell commands, simple scripts, editor vi or emacs). Solid base on C++ and at least one year of experience with the language is needed.
Language: English
Teacher: Klaus Iglberger (External)
Registration: Registration: via Please use the Course ID HCPA2W16. The number of participants is limited to 25.