C++ Crash Course

C++ Crash Course

A Fast-Paced Introduction
by Joshua Lospinoso
September 2019 (Estimated), 800 pp.

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C++ is one of the most widely used languages for real-world software. Wherever performance matters, C++ is the de facto standard. It's the language behind operating systems, embedded devices, games, web browsers, and virtual reality systems. As a C++ developer, you can program efficient software on virtually any platform.

C++ Crash Course cuts through the weeds to get you straight to the core of C++17, the most modern revision of the ISO standard. In Part I, you'll learn about all of the essential core language features. Part II introduces you to the C++ Standard Library and Boost Libraries, where you'll learn about high-quality, fully-featured facilities immediately available to you.

You'll learn all the major features of modern C++, including:

  • Fundamental types, reference types, and user-defined types
  • The object lifecycle including storage duration, memory management, exceptions, call stacks, and the RAII (resource acquisition is initialization) paradigm 
  • Compile-time polymorphism with templates and run-time polymorphism with virtual classes
  • Advanced expressions, statements, and functions
  • Smart pointers, data structures, dates and times, numerics, and probability/statistics facilities
  • Containers, iterators, strings, and algorithms
  • Streams and files, concurrency, networking, and application development
Author Bio 

Joshua Lospinoso, PhD is an entrepreneur who served 15 years in the US Army. As a cyber officer, Josh wrote dozens of infosec tools and taught C++ to junior developers. He has spoken at a wide range of conferences, published over twenty peer-reviewed articles, and holds a patent. In 2012, he co-founded a successfully acquired security company and is a Rhodes Scholar. He keeps a blog and is an active contributor to open-source software.

Table of contents 

Now Available in Early Access!

An Overture to C Programmers (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Introduction (AVAILABLE NOW!)

Part I: The C++ Core Language

Chapter 1: Up and Running (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 2: Types (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 3: Reference Types (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 4: The Object Life Cycle (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 5: Run-Time Polymorphism (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 6: Compile-Time Polymorphism (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 7: Expressions (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 8: Statements (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 9: Functions (AVAILABLE NOW!)

Part II: C++ Libraries and Frameworks

Chapter 10: Testing (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 11: Smart Pointers (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 12: Utilities (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 13: Containers (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 14: Iterators (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 15: Strings (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 16: Streams (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 17: Filesystems (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 18: Algorithms (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 19: Concurrency and Parallelism (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 20: Network Programming with Boost Asio (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 21: Writing Applications (AVAILABLE NOW!)