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C++ Best Practices and Design Patterns

COURSE TYPE

Intermediate

Course Number

397

Duration

4 Days
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About This Course: The ability to leverage the work of others, avoid pitfalls, and apply proven idioms and patterns can greatly improve the effectiveness of programming efforts. In this course, you learn to increase productivity by combining tools, idioms, syntax, and libraries to produce industrial-strength C++ code. Numerous hands-on exercises provide real-world experience in developing high-quality C++.

You Will Learn How To

  • Design and implement efficient object-oriented solutions using C++
  • Improve code quality using design patterns
  • Modify a poorly structured application to increase flexibility, robustness, and efficiency
  • Build robust libraries using namespaces, templates, and exceptions

Important Course Information

Requirements:

You should have a basic knowledge of C++ programming. You should understand the following concepts as implemented in C++:
  •  Classes and objects
  •  Inheritance
  • Polymorphism or virtual functions
  • Function overloading
  • Six months' full-time C++ programming experience

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Object-Oriented Development

OO fundamentals

  • Inheritance, encapsulation and polymorphism
  • Classes, objects, and attributes
  • Associations, messages and methods
  • Interfaces and abstract classes

Using the Unified Modeling Language

  • Characteristics of UML
  • Mapping UML into C++

Exploiting development tools

  • Automating the life cycle with CASE tools
  • Code generation and reverse engineering
  • Debuggers and browsers
  • Design Patterns

Introducing design patterns

  • The motivation for design patterns
  • Categories of patterns: creational, behavioral, and structural
  • Describing design patterns

Putting patterns to work

  • Synchronizing multiple views with the Observer pattern
  • Handling recursive data structures with the Composite pattern
  • Minimizing code duplication with the Template Method pattern
  • Managing object creation with the Singleton pattern
  • Decoupling object creation with Factory pattern
  • Separating algorithms from data structures with the Visitor pattern
  • Using the ISO Standard C++ Library

The Standard Template Library (STL)

  • The structure of the STL
  • Declaring and populating sequence and associative containers
  • Accessing containers using iterators
  • Applying standard and user-supplied algorithms
  • Using function object and lambda expressions

The iostream library

  • Basic input/output
  • Formatting textual output
  • Handling errors in input data
  • Wide character types and internationalization

The thread library

  • Creating and managing threads
  • Handling exclusive access to shared data
  • Storage Management

Managing memory

  • Recognizing and reducing memory overhead
  • Preventing memory leaks with the unique_ptr and shared_ptr templates
  • Overloading operator new and operator delete
  • Writing and using smart pointers

File storage

  • Preparing classes for simple file storage
  • Storing and retrieving objects using Boost serialization libraries
  • Writing Better C++

Increasing reusability

  • Avoiding name clashes using namespaces
  • Using templates for type-safe reusability

Improving robustness and efficiency

  • Strengthening encapsulation by consistent and appropriate use of const
  • Sharing state between lightweight objects
  • Understanding r-value references and move semantics
  • Avoiding C++ Traps and Pitfalls

Things you need to do — and why

  • Virtual destructors
  • Assignment operators and copy constructors

Features to handle with care

  • Friends vs. public members
  • Runtime-type information vs. virtual member functions
  • Multiple and virtual inheritance
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