Object Discovery Corporation

Professional C++ Training

Course Chapters

Detailed Course Outline

Day Chapters & Strategies Topics
1 Course Introduction
Format and schedule
  • Course contents - what to expect from the course
  • Course format - lectures and workshops, timing
  • Scope
1 C Fundamentals
Fundamental features of the C language that are necessary to learn C++
  • File structure, main() function, compilations
  • Blocks and scope
  • Control flow, conditions, loops
  • Arrays and pointers
  • Structures
  • Functions, parameters, return values, standard libraries
  • Exercises
1 Object-Oriented Features
Fundamental OO features, embodied in C++ classes
  • Basic OO concepts, example
  • Classes: definition, attributes, methods
  • Customer class: definition/declaration, implementation
  • File organization: header files, implementation files
  • Minimum class functions: declaration, implementation
1 Objects
Two different types of C++ objects and safe waysof handling them
  • Definition, UML syntax, comparison with classes
  • Creating C++ objects: automatic, dynamic
  • Automatic objects: syntax, proper style, common mistakes
  • Dynamic objects: syntax, features, common mistakes
  • Managing object pointers to keep them safe.
1 What we've seen so far...
Reviewing the C++ / OO world
  • OO concepts
  • C++ Keywords
  • C++ features
  • C++ class versus the UML analysis model
  • C++ class versus the UML design model
1 C++ Application Code
Building a basic C++ application
  • The required main() function
  • The main() function file
  • Application files
1 Lab One
Building the Customer C++ application
  • The Customer application in C++
  • Project, directories and files
  • Running the application
1 Constructors
A fundamental OO feature
  • Constructor role, syntax
  • Example: header file, implementation file
  • Constructor with default parameter values
  • Constructor header, implementation and usage
  • What we just learned
1 Encapsulating into an object
How a String class can be designed to greatly simplify the Customer class, according to OO strategies
  • We can accomplish more 
  • Impact of a String object to the Customer class
  • The String class: features, design, attributes, methods
1 Lab Two
Appreciating the power of encapsulation and specialization
  • String class implementation
  • Using the String class in the Customer class
  • Code review and discussion
2 Destructors
The art of describing complex object interactions
  • Role, syntax, usage
  • Code examples with the Customer and Credit classes
  • Header and implementation files for destructors
2 Lab Three
Implementing the String destructor
  • Dynamic de-allocation
  • Array de-allocation 
  • Run, test, debug
2 Associations
How objects stay in touch with each other
  • Self-reference, the this pointer
  • Credit and Customer class associations code
  • main(): how the association is used
  • Association UML syntax and examples
  • Reflexive associations for diagraphs, linked lists, hierarchies.
  • Association roles
2 Lab Four
Making objects interact with each other in C++
  • Applications made of interacting objects
  • Simple linked list example
  • List and Link class members
  • Putting Customer objects in the list
  • Write, test, debug and extra credits
2 Inner Classes
The proper syntax for private objects and true encapsulation
  • Principles
  • Inline Syntax
  • Header / implementation syntax
  • Code example
2 Lab Five
Inner classes at work
  • Link as an inner class of List
  • Credit as an inner class of Customer
  • Code, test, debug
  • Code review
  • Solution discussion
3 What we've learned...
Summarizing the key OO features and techniques, implemented in C++
  • Encapsulating string matters in a String class
  • C++ application architecture
  • Allocation / de-allocation of objects
  • Encapsulation / specialization
  • Constructors / Destructors
  • Associations
  • this self reference
  • Object design fundamental strategies
  • Inner classes
3 C++ References
A nicer and safer syntax to handle objects
  • Concept and formal syntax
  • Example with the Person class
  • Methods returning a reference to self
  • Example
  • Brief exercise
3 Initialization
Starting with a value
  • Object initialization
  • Declaration, implementation, usage
  • Member initialization
  • Example with the String and Person classes
  • Initializing primitive type members
  • Formal syntax
3 Lab Six
Initializing many objects and members
  • Initializing String members in Customer and Credit classes
  • Initializing List using either references or pointers
  • Write, run, test, debug
  • Solution walkthrough
3 C++ Operators
A simple and powerful syntax to handle a natural need
  • A natural need
  • Alternate syntax for methods
  • Examples and formal syntax
  • Complete case: the Complex class
  • Internal and external operators
3 Lab Seven
Creating your own operators
  • String class assignment and append operators
  • Write, run, test, debug
  • Solution walkthrough
4 Static
Class members as opposed to object members
  • Beyond objects: class members
  • Examples, allocation, initialization
  • Brief exercise
4 Composition / Aggregation
Objects containing or owning other objects
  • Definition and UML syntax
  • The real composition concept
  • Multiple parts
  • Aggregation versus composition
  • Inner class notation
  • Class type notation
  • Examples in C++
  • Brief exercise
4 Constant members (const)
A simple syntax to enforce proper OO design strategies
  • Const members
  • Const parameters
  • Const variables
  • Const methods
  • Examples
  • Brief exercise
4 Inheritance
Modeling type hierarchies
  • Definition and UML syntax
  • Instantiation limitations
  • Inheritance versus the Is A relationship
  • Inherited object examples
  • Multiple sub-classes and multiple inheritance
4 Inheritance C++ syntax
Coding inheritance in C++
  • Derivation model and code: simple inheritance
  • Multiple inheritance
  • Initialization according to constructor needs 
  • Initialization according to inheritance type
  • Example with Contract / Development / Maintenance
  • Virtual methods
4 Lab Eight
Coding a C++ project involving inheritance, associations, aggregation
  • The Retail problem domain model
  • Associations, compositions
  • Inheritance and virtual methods
  • show() and getPrice() methods
  • Write, test, debug and solution code walkthrough

Optional Chapters

We'll consult with you and pick one or two chapters from the following list of optional topics. More details about these topics are given below.

Day Chapters & Strategies Topics
5 Interfaces (optional)
Generalizing a group of methods that form a functional concept
  • The concept of interface and UML notation
  • Pure virtual classes and inheritance for interfaces
  • C++ examples
  • Brief exercise
5 Exception Handling (optional)
Encapsulating and processing exceptions outside the main business logic.
  • Inner class exception type and value
  • try, throw and catch
  • Call stack handling
  • Throwing objects for better exception handling
  • Building self-contained exception classes
  • Building exception class hierarchies
  • Exceptions with templates
  • Exceptions and constructors
  • Exception interface specification
  • Examples
  • Exercise
5 Object Design (optional)
Fundamental principles and basic patterns
  • Specialization, self-sufficiency, interface
  • Delegation, propagation
  • A common object design pattern
  • Application to the Deal model
  • Multiple and cascading object interactions in C++
  • Object sequence and collaboration diagrams
  • Examples
  • Brief exercise
5 C++ implementation of associations and association classes (optional)
Design and coding of the most common relationships
  • Implementation algorithm
  • Single or multiple links
  • Single or bi-directional traversals 
  • References or lists of references
  • Association classes implementation
  • Examples
  • Brief exercise
5 Templates (optional)
Beyond classes and models: templates and meta models
  • Concept, flexibility and power
  • Examples, formal syntax
  • Header and implementation parts (both in header file)
  • Complex class complete example
  • Brief exercise on the Complex class
5 Lab Nine (optional)
Implementing a whole template
  • Concept of a parametized List<T>
  • Implementing the Link<T> template
  • Implementing the List<T> template
  • Additional methods
  • Write, test, debug and solution code walkthrough

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