Modern C++ Software Design (Intermediate)

This intermediate C++ training is a course on software development with the C++ programming language. The focus of the training are the essential C++ software development principles, concepts, idioms, and best practices, which enable programmers to create professional, high-quality code. The course will give insight into the different aspects of C++ (object-oriented programming, functional programming, generic programming) and will teach guidelines to develop mature, robust, maintainable, and efficient C++ code.

Since 2020 we provide two types of C++ courses, each offered two times per year:

  • intermediate: March 5-8, 2024 and July 9-12, 2024
  • advanced: June 11-14, 2024 and Nov. 19-22, 2024

with two different levels of prerequisites.

Location

This hybrid event will take place online and at
HLRS, University of Stuttgart
Nobelstraße 19
70569 Stuttgart, Germany
Room 0.439 / Rühle Saal
Location and nearby accommodations

Start date

Mar 05, 2024
08:45

End date

Mar 08, 2024
16:30

Language

German

Entry level

Intermediate

Course subject areas

Programming Languages for Scientific Computing

Topics

C/C++

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Prerequisites and content levels

Prerequisites and Language Hints Intermediate C++

Course participants should have at least one year of hands-on experience with the language. This includes a good understanding of the basic mechanics (header files, source files, compilation), a good knowledge of the syntax of C++ and its basic features (loops, control structures, functions and classes). Course participants can bring their own laptops, but HLRS will provide machines with an up-to-date C++ environment. For these, participants should have basic UNIX/Linux knowledge (login with secure shell, shell commands, simple scripts, editor vi or emacs).

The course language is German. The slides are in English.

If you want a similar course in English, then please look at the 3- or 4-day advanced C++ courses at LRZ , the 4 day course at VSC in Vienna or directly on Klaus Iglberger's course page.

Content levels
  • Basic: 8 hours
  • Intermediate: 15:30 hours
  • Advanced: 2:45 hours

Learn more about course curricula and content levels.

Instructors

Klaus Iglberger (External trainer)

Learning outcomes

After this course, participants will: 

  • have gained knowledge about fundamental C++ programming concepts and idioms
  • have a detailed understanding of template-based programming
  • be able to properly design classes and class interfaces
  • know about the importance of exception safe programming
  • avoid the usual pitfalls in the context of inheritance 
  • comprehend the advantages of value-based design 
  • understand the virtue of clean code

Agenda

All times are local times in the central European time zone (Berlin).

Local registration/drop in to zoom (8:30 - 9:00)

1st day course schedule (9:00 - 17:30)

  • Concepts and the STL
    • Overview of the STL
    • STL Iterators
    • STL Algorithms
    • STL Containers

2nd day schedule (9:00 - 17:30)

  • C++ Templates
    • Function Templates
    • Class Templates
    • Variadic Templates
    • Template Specialization
  • Call Resolution
    • Name Lookup
    • Template Argument Deduction
    • Overload Resolution
    • Access Labels
    • Function Template Specialization
    • Virtual Dispatch
    • Deleting Functions

3rd day schedule (9:00 - 17:30)

  • Class Design (I)
    • Compiler Generated Functions
    • Copy Elision
    • Object Lifetimes
    • RAII
    • Move Semantics

4th day schedule (9:00 - 16:30)

  • Class Design (II)
    • Proper Handling of Member Data
    • Designing Classes
    • Const Correctness
  • Dynamic Polymorphism
    • Inheritance: The Good Parts
    • Inheritance: The Bad Parts
    • Value Semantics: From Pointers to Values
    • Public Inheritance
    • Surprises in Object Hierarchies

Handouts

Each participant will get a copy of all slides (PDF).

HLRS concept for on-site courses

Besides the content of the training itself, an important aspect of this event is the scientific exchange among the participants. We try to facilitate such communication by

  • a social event on the evening of the first course day,
  • offering common coffee and lunch breaks and
  • working together in groups of two during the exercises.

Registration-information

Register via the button at the top of this page.
We encourage you to register to the waiting list if the course is full. Places might become available.

This course will be hybrid, i.e. it will take place at HLRS on-site but it will also be possible to attend online. Participants, online as well as on-site, have to be aware and agree that they might appear in the live video stream taken by a camera in the back of the lecture room or by a webcam on laptops. The live stream will not be saved. We strongly recommend to attend this course on-site since on-site attendance is much more effective and efficient in our experience. Therefore we might give priority to on-site over online participants during registration.

Registration closes on February 18, 2024 (extended registration phase).

Late registrations after that date are still possible according to the course capacity, possibly with reduced quality of the handout.

Fees

  • Students without master’s degree or equivalent: 35 Euro
  • PhD students or employees at a German university or public research institute: 75 Euro
  • PhD students or employees at a university or public research institute in an EU, EU-associated or PRACE country other than Germany: 150 Euro
  • PhD students or employees at a university or public research institute outside of EU, EU-associated or PRACE countries: 300 Euro
  • Other participants, e.g., from industry, other public service providers, or government: 780 Euro

Link to the EU and EU-associated (Horizon Europe), and PRACE countries.

Our course fees include coffee breaks (in classroom courses only).

Contact

Tobias Haas phone 0711 685 87223, tobias.haas(at)hlrs.de

HLRS Training Collaborations in HPC

HLRS is part of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS), together with JSC in Jülich and LRZ in Garching near Munich. EuroCC@GCS is the German National Competence Centre (NCC) for High-Performance Computing. HLRS is also a member of the Baden-Württemberg initiative bwHPC.

This course is provided within the framework of the bwHPC training program.

Further courses

See the training overview and the Supercomputing Academy pages.

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