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Prof. Partha Pratim Das
IIT Kharagpur


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There has been a continual debate on which programming language/s to learn, to use. As the latest TIOBE Index for April 2016 indicates – Java (21%), C (14%), C++ (6%), C#(4%), and Python (3%) together control nearly half the programming community. Given this, it is still important to learn C and C++ because of the efficiency they offer. While we appreciate that Java is good for applications, for graphics; and we acknowledge that Python is appropriate for portable software, engineering problem solving, and graphics; it is worth bearing in mind that the JVM and Python interpreter are indeed written in C++, making C++ the father of all languages today.

Well, hence, C++ is the systems language. Why should I learn it if my primary focus is on applications? This is where the recent updates of C++, namely, C++11, C++14, and C++17 offer excellent depths and flexibility for C++ that no language can match. These extensions attempt to alleviate some of the long-standing shortcomings for C++ including porous resource management, error-prone pointer handling, expression semantics and better readability.

The present course builds up on the knowledge of C programming and basic data structure (array, list, stack, queue etc.) to create a strong familiarity with C++98 and C++03. Besides the constructs, syntax and semantics of C++ (over C), we also focus on various idioms of C++ and attempt to go to depth with every C++ feature justifying and illustrating them with several examples and assignment problems. On the way, we illustrate various OOP concepts.

While this course can be understood independently (after a course in C programming), it would help in developing understanding in OOP. Hence this course is advised in conjunction with OOP.




Programming in C++ is Fun : Build and execute a C program in C++, Write equivalent programs in C++


C++ as Better C : Procedural Extensions of C


Overview of OOP in C++ : Classes and basic Object-Oriented features (encapsulation)


Overview of OOP in C++ : More OO features, overloading, namespace and using struct and union


Inheritance : Generalization / Specialization of Object Modeling in C++
Week 6: 


Polymorphism : Static and Dynamic Binding


Type Casting & Exceptions : C++ cast operators; C++ Exceptions & standard exception classes


Templates & STL – Function and Class templates and using STL like containers, algorithms

1. Basic Knowledge of Programming & Data Structure
2. C Programming
3. Attending a course on OOP with this course will help

Text Books / Basic Material

1. The C++ Programming Language by Bjarne Stroustrup, 2013. Or, Programming: Principles and Practice Using C++ by Bjarne Stroustrup, 2014 – These books will be followed in the course
2. The C Programming Language (Ansi C Version) by Brian W. Kernighan and Dennis M. Ritchie, 1990. Or, The C Programming Language by Brian W. Kernighan and Dennis M. Ritchie, 2015
3. C++ reference (C++98 and C++03).
4. Presentations used in the Course

Reference (Advanced) Material

1. Effective C++: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Design by Scott Meyers, 1997. Or, Effective C++: 55 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Designs (Third Edition) by Scott Meyers, 2005
2. More Effective C++ by Scott Meyers, 2002
3. Modern C++ Design by Andrei Alexandrescu, 2004
4. Exceptional C++: 47 Engineering Puzzles, Programming Problems, and Solutions by Herb Sutter, 1999
5. More Exceptional C++: 40 New Engineering Puzzles, Programming Problems, and Solutions by Herb Sutter, 2001
6. C++ Templates: The Complete Guide by David Vandevoorde and Nicolai M. Josuttis, 2002
7. The C++ Standard Library: A Tutorial and Reference by Nicolai M. Josuttis, 2012
8. Effective STL: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Use of the Standard Template Library

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