Authors: Kate Gregory, Kenny Kerr, Dmitri Nesteruk, Dror Helper, Giovanni Dicanio

C++ is an object-oriented programming language that was first developed by Bjarne Stroustrup. It was originally created to be an extension of the C language, which is a... Read more


If you’re just learning to program you can get a gentle introduction with Learn How to Program with C++ . If you already know how to program and just want to learn C++, you can start with the C++ Fundamentals course. By the time you’ve completed these courses, you’ll be confident in writing basic applications and be familiar with the features offered in C++.


Learn How to Program with C++

by Kate Gregory

Jul 22, 2013 / 6h 57m

Beginner • 6h 57m

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C++ has a reputation for being a very difficult language to learn, and to use well. Changes to the language and the library that accompanies it have changed that. Beginners can now learn C++ and write real applications. In this course you'll learn the important parts of C++ 11 syntax, get an introduction to the most useful parts of the Standard Library, and be challenged to write applications yourself in addition to watching someone else write and explain code.

Table of contents
  1. Getting Started
    43m 34s
  2. Streams, Locals, and Flow of Control
    1h 5m 35s
  3. Functions and Headers
    56m 38s
  4. Strings and Collections
    59m 20s
  5. Writing Classes
    59m 35s
  6. Compiler Specific Topics
    26m 54s
  7. Topics to Learn Later
    54m 20s
  8. Legacy Constructs

C++ Fundamentals Including C++ 17

by Kate Gregory

Mar 6, 2018 / 5h 48m

Beginner • 5h 48m

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C++ is a general purpose programming language that is used by millions of developers. It has a reputation for being hard to learn and use, but with the changes in the language over the last few decades, this reputation is no longer deserved. C++ offers a powerful combination of performance and abstraction that other languages don’t have. In this course, C++ Fundamentals Including C++ 17, you'll learn how to write simple console applications and be ready to move on to writing platform-specific code. First, you’ll learn the basics of language syntax: declaring variables, classes, building expressions using operators and functions, working up to templates, indirection, and polymorphism. You'll explore the syntax additions from C++ 11, C++ 14, and C++17, using any modern compiler to run the examples. You'll also see the principles of Modern C++ in action, relying on the Standard Library and using idioms like Resource Acquisition is Initialization to reduce the effort involved in memory management. By the end of this course, you’ll be comfortable reading and writing Modern C++, including features added in C++17.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    2m 24s
  2. Understanding C++ in Context
    16m 43s
  3. Tools
    33m 32s
  4. Variables and Fundamental Types
    23m 29s
  5. Language Basics - User Defined Types
    41m 18s
  6. Language Basics – Flow of Control
    26m 7s
  7. Language Basics - Functions
    37m 10s
  8. Language Basics - Operators
    37m 14s
  9. Templates
    30m 24s
  10. Indirection
    32m 28s
  11. Memory Management
    31m 26s
  12. Indirection and Inheritance
    35m 43s

Practical C++14 and C++17 Features

by Giovanni Dicanio

Dec 11, 2017 / 2h 33m

Intermediate • 2h 33m

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After the C++11 "revolution," several other features were added by the C++14 and C++17 standards. While C++11 was a massive improvement over the previous C++98/03, C++14 and C++17 are kind of more incremental improvements; nonetheless, interesting, powerful and useful features were added in these recent C++ standards. In this course, Practical C++14 and C++17 Features, you'll learn many practical features added in the C++14 and C++17 standards, assuming you have only a basic knowledge of C++11, like the one you can get watching the "C++11 from Scratch" course; any advanced C++11 concepts will be explained here on a need-to-know basis. Among the many topics discussed in this course, you'll start learning small but nice features, like digit separators. Then you'll explore more substantial features, like polymorphic lambdas (the course will also introduce basic lambdas as well, so you're not left in the dark if you don't know C++11 lambdas), and relaxed constexpr functions. You'll also learn about improvements to the C++ standard library, like the new standard-defined suffixes for the Chrono library (which will be introduced as well), or std::make_unique in combination with the unique_ptr smart pointer (that'll be introduced here as well). Finally, you'll explore new practical C++17 features, ranging from nested namespaces, to "constexpr if" and structured bindings. The features will be discussed using both slides, and with concrete C++ demo code, including showing some subtle bugs, and how to fix them. After completing this course, you'll be able to write simpler, clearer, more efficient and higher-quality modern C++ code, applying the features discussed in this course in your own C++ codebases. This course targets developers who are already familiar with basic C++11, and want to extend their knowledge to practical C++ features introduced in C++14 and in C++17. If you need a beginner-oriented introduction to C++11, you can watch the "C++11 from Scratch" course.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    2m 5s
  2. Convenient Syntactic Sugar
    13m 22s
  3. Miscellaneous Improvements to C++11
    26m 19s
  4. Standard Library Improvements
    48m 49s
  5. Better Lambdas
    26m 9s
  6. Practical Convenient C++17 Language Improvements
    36m 28s

C++ Unit Testing Fundamentals Using Catch

by Dror Helper

Oct 21, 2016 / 1h 38m

Beginner • 1h 38m

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Writing unit tests is a big part of being a good software developer. Unfortunately, unit testing in C++ is far from being trivial and good unit testing frameworks are hard to find. In this course, C++ Unit Testing Fundamentals Using Catch, you will learn how to write robust unit tests using Catch, a simple-to-use, yet flexible and powerful unit testing framework for C++. You will learn what makes Catch different from other xUnit frameworks, and how it can be used to write unit tests for your C++ code. You will also get to see how to run Catch from the command line, how to use test fixtures, and how to create maintainable tests. When you're finished with this course, you will have a foundational knowledge of Catch and unit testing in C++ that would help you create better, cleaner C++ code.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 52s
  2. Introducing Catch
    20m 32s
  3. Organizing Your Tests Using Catch
    26m 35s
  4. Asserting Using Catch
    23m 8s
  5. Handling Duplicate Code
    26m 15s


These intermediate courses will take you on a deep-dive in designing beautiful and functional C++ code. You’ll learn how to write efficient and modern C++ using design patterns and the C++ standard library.


Modern C++ Libraries

by Kenny Kerr

Aug 28, 2013 / 4h 1m

Intermediate • 4h 1m

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This course is about the practical application of the modern C++ language. It's about using (and creating) modern C++ libraries. You're going to learn how to use a modern C++ style of programming. You will see how it helps to turn C++ into a modern language that's intuitive and elegant. This course covers the essential skills needed by any C++ developer to handle resources and write efficient classes that work well with standard containers. You will also learn all about the standard smart pointers, containers, strings, and regular expressions. Along the way, you'll pick up essential tips and tricks to get the best out of modern C++ using C++11 and beyond.

Table of contents
  1. Getting Started
    37m 27s
  2. Smart Pointers
    39m 33s
  3. Smart Classes
    45m 31s
  4. Container Essentials
    55m 32s
  5. Associative Containers
    32m 44s
  6. Strings and Regular Expressions
    30m 56s

Beautiful C++: STL Algorithms

by Kate Gregory

Jun 30, 2016 / 4h 24m

Intermediate • 4h 24m

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If you're a C++ developer, save yourself valuable time and work by learning how to use the algorithm header. In this course, Beautiful C++: STL Algorithms, you'll learn the functions in the algorithm header. You'll find out how iterators multiply the power of the library. Next, you'll learn the conventions that lower your mental burden. Finally, you'll learn how to use the same algorithm with different collections so you don't have to learn new functions. After this course, you'll know what the algorithm header has to offer you and how to use it to your advantage while developing.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    2m 1s
  2. Standard Library Philosophy and Approach
    19m 42s
  3. Counting and Finding
    40m 38s
  4. Sorting
    35m 27s
  5. Comparing and Accumulating
    24m 41s
  6. Generating and Manipulating Collections
    52m 31s
  7. Using the Power of Iterators
    36m 53s
  8. Unexpectedly Useful Operations
    23m 34s
  9. Conventions
    28m 45s

Design Patterns in C++: Creational

by Dmitri Nesteruk

Jan 28, 2016 / 4h 12m

Intermediate • 4h 12m

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A look at the creational design patterns and their implementation using Modern C++. Covers the Factory design pattern (Factory Method, Abstract Factory) as well as Builder, Prototype, and Singleton. Also covers the SOLID design principles, demonstrates Dependency Injection via Boost.DI, and even shows an example of a Maybe Monad.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 35s
  2. Preliminaries
    1h 14m 30s
  3. Builder
    50m 13s
  4. Factories
    41m 24s
  5. Prototype
    46m 54s
  6. Singleton
    37m 46s

Design Patterns in C++: Structural - Adapter to Decorator

by Dmitri Nesteruk

Apr 22, 2016 / 2h 24m

Intermediate • 2h 24m

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The correct application and recognition of design patterns is an important skill for developers and architects. This course, Design Patterns in C++: Structural - Adapter to Decorator (part of a multi-series course on C++ patterns), introduces you to Structural design patterns. First you'll cover the Adapter and Bridge patterns, moving on to the Composite and Decorator design patterns. You'll also be shown different ways in which these patterns can be implemented in modern C++ (C++ 11 and beyond). Software required: a C++ IDE (e.g., Visual Studio, CLion) or a text editor (e.g., VIM, EMACS) together with a C++ compiler (e.g., GCC, Clang).

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 45s
  2. Adapter
    39m 43s
  3. Bridge
    23m 26s
  4. Composite
    36m 36s
  5. Decorator
    42m 56s

Design Patterns in C++: Structural - Façade to Proxy

by Dmitri Nesteruk

Jun 23, 2016 / 1h 46m

Intermediate • 1h 46m

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The correct application and recognition of design patterns is an important skill for developers and architects. This course, Design Patterns in C++: Structural - Façade to Proxy, is part of a multi-series course on C++ patterns, and it introduces you to structural design patterns. It covers the Façade, Flyweight, Null Object, and Proxy design patterns, showing different ways in which these patterns can be implemented in modern C++ (C++ 11 and beyond). First, you'll learn about Façade. The Façade pattern attempts to hide the interface of a complicated system (often involving several components and their relationships) behind a single, easy-to-use interface. Next, you'll learn about Flyweight, which is used to save up on memory by sharing as much data as is possible with similar objects. After that you'll learn about Null Objects, which lets you provide a neutered, no-op object which conforms to the interface but does absolutely nothing at all. Finally, you'll learn about Proxy design patterns, which lets an object 'stand in' for another object, conforming to the same interface while performing additional operations. By the end of this course, you should be able to recognize these design patterns in other libraries and you'll be able to then apply these patterns in your own work.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 27s
  2. Façade
    32m 18s
  3. Flyweight
    30m 11s
  4. Null Object
    15m 32s
  5. Proxy
    26m 41s


Our advanced C++ courses are not for the faint of heart, but don’t be afraid! You will gain a deeper understanding of threading and synchronization and some pro tips for squeezing the most performance possible out of your code.


Modern C++ Concurrency

by Kenny Kerr

Oct 15, 2013 / 4h 33m

Intermediate • 4h 33m

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This course will introduce you to modern C++ concurrency on the Windows operating system. Unfortunately, standard or portable concurrency is still in its infancy so a comprehensive study of concurrency cannot get away from the practical and platform-specific aspects of the craft. As such, this course uses the Windows operating system as the playground to explore concurrency in C++. This course will prepare you with a deep understanding of threads and synchronization at the OS level, including modern synchronization primitives such as slim reader/writer locks and condition variables. You will learn all about the mighty Windows thread pool API and the Concurrency Runtime. Finally, you will be introduced to some of the shortcomings that plague the C++11 Thread Support Library.

Table of contents
  1. Getting Started
  2. Threads
    51m 3s
  3. Synchronization
    49m 15s
  4. Condition Variables
    33m 40s
  5. The Windows Thread Pool
    38m 59s
  6. The Windows Thread Pool - Part 2
    35m 34s
  7. The Concurrency Runtime
    38m 21s
  8. The C++11 Thread Support Library
    19m 32s

High-performance Computing in C++

by Dmitri Nesteruk

Sep 17, 2015 / 4h 3m

Advanced • 4h 3m

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Do you want to get the absolute most performance out of your hardware? Want to write code that scales across CPU registers, multi-core, and machine clusters? Then this is the course for you!

Table of contents
  1. Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD)
    52m 29s
  2. Open Multi-Processing (OpenMP)
    37m 15s
  3. Message Passing Interface (MPI)
    56m 14s
  4. C++ Accelerated Massive Parallelism (C++ AMP)
    1h 54s
  5. Generative Art Demo
    36m 59s

What you will learn

  • Operators
  • Objects
  • Classes
  • Flow of control
  • References
  • Polymorphism and inheritance
  • C++ Type System
  • Heap/stack semantics
  • Stream I/O
  • Overloading
  • Lambdas
  • Exceptions
  • Scope management
  • Templates
  • C++ Standard Library
  • Concurrency


If you’re just learning to program you can get a gentle introduction with Learn How to Program with C++ . If you already know how to program and just want to learn C++, you can start with the C++ Fundamentals course.

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