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C++ for non-C Programmers

  • Price £2,575.00
  • Duration 5 day(s)
All major credit cards accepted


C is undoubtedly the most widely-used programming language for implementing object-oriented systems. The C language is based on the popular C language. However, the demand for the language has expanded beyond C programmers looking to upgrade to C , and a number of C programming practices and features are not required, or are seen as detrimental, in C programs.
The C for Programmers course provides thorough practical and theoretical coverage of the C language for the experienced application programmer who has little or no recent C experience. It helps eliminate misconceptions and poor programming practices that can cause so many problems, by focusing on features of the language and standard library that enforce good practice and encourage clear and robust code.

Delegates with extensive C experience should attend the C for C Programmers course instead. Delegates who are relatively new to programming or who do not have experience in a modern programming environment, for instance on mainframe systems, should first attend the C Primer course.

This is a highly practical course which uses a mix of tuition and practical sessions for each technical chapter designed to reinforce the C syntax and object-oriented programming techniques covered in the course.


•Developers with solid programming experience but little or no recent C.
•Delegates must have solid experience of another modern high-level language, including writing and using Functions/procedures/subroutines
•Knowledge of structured data types such as arrays, structs or records
•An understanding of scoped variables (i.e local vs. global data).
•Delegates with less than four months of recent C programming may find this course more appropriate than C for C Programmers. Delegates with less than six months of programming experience or with a mainframe background should first attend the C Primer course and follow it up with some practical work.


Delegates will learn how to

•Understand the key concepts and vocabulary of object orientation
•Use fundamental and composite data types
•Define and use classes
•Write class member functions
•Use pointers and dynamic memory
•Use constructors and destructors
•Write code that is efficient and robust
•Build new classes from other classes using aggregation and association
•Build new classes from other classes using inheritance
•Use container classes, including template classes
•Use operator overloading
•Design and write code with polymorphic behaviour

Course Content

Course Introduction

•Course Prerequisites
•Course Objectives
•Course Delivery
•Course Practicals
•Course Structure
C Programs

•Key features of C
•Identifiers and keywords
•Simple declarations, expressions and statements
•Basic I/O
Fundamental Data Types

•Built-in types
•Integer numbers
•Floating Point numbers
•Compound Assignment
•Increment and Decrement
•Defining constants
•Type conversions
Composite Data Types

•Defining and using enumerations
•Built-in arrays and their limitations
•Using the vector class
•Built-in strings as character arrays
•Using the string class
•Defining and using structures
Control Flow

•Simple and compound statements
•Selection with if else and switch statements
•Conditional expressions
•Looping with while and for statements

•Declaring, calling and defining functions
•Default arguments
•Scope issues
•Pass by copy
•Pass by reference
•Inline functions
•Header files and source files
•Pitfalls and guidelines
Object Concepts

•Object behaviour
•Object state
•Object identity, Object-oriented programming
Using Classes

•Associating functionality with data
•Class definitions
•Public and private
•Queries functions and modifier functions
•Struct vs class

•Concepts and syntax
•Pointers to structured types
•Pointers for encapsulated objects
•Null pointers
•Pointers vs. references
Implementing Classes

•Defining member functions
•Object identity
•The this pointer
•Default constructors
•Member Initialisation
•Scope issues
•Inlining member functions
Operator Functions

•Operators as functions
•Global operators
•Member operators
•I/O stream operators
•Pitfalls and guidelines
Object Relationships

•Associations and their implementation
•Compositions and their implementation
Dynamic Memory

•The need for dynamic memory
•Dynamic objects
•Using new and delete
•Dynamic arrays;
•Using new[] and delete[]
More Pointers

•Pointers and arrays
•Pointer arithmetic
•Pointers as array iterators
•Pointers and const
•Pointers vs. references

•Container concepts and classification
•Template classes
•Standard containers
•Template functions

•Copy construction
•Copy assignment
•Compiler generated copy behaviour
•Reducing Copying
•Restricting Copying
Class Relationships

•Extension of existing classes using inheritance
•Polymorphic behaviour
•Type substitutability
•Abstract base classes

•Protected members
•Base class initialisation
•Order of object construction and destruction

•Declaring and defining virtual functions
•Virtual destructors
•Pure virtual functions
•Using polymorphism through pointers and references
The Way Ahead

•Support after this course
•Further C information sources

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