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Presentation Materials: Overview of the New C++ (C++11/14)

by Scott Meyers
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This PDF document consists of Scott Meyers' extensively annotated presentation materials for his training course on C++11 and C++14. This intensively technical seminar introduces the most important new features in C++11 and C++14 and explains how to get the most out of them.

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About the course

Specification of the latest version of C++ (“C++11”) was completed in 2011, and many compilers now offer a wealth of features from the revised language. And such features! auto-declared variables reduce typing drudgery and syntactic noise; Unicode, threading support, and alignment control address important functionality gaps; and rvalue references and variadic templates facilitate the creation of more efficient, more flexible libraries. The standard library gains resource-managing smart pointers, new containers, additional algorithms, support for regular expressions, and more. Altogether, C++11 offers much more than “old” C++. This intensively technical seminar introduces the most important new features in C++11 and explains how to get the most out of them.

That's not all. A feature-complete draft of C++11's successor, "C++14," has now been adopted, and this course also covers select C++14 features. These include deduced function return types; reader/writer locks; and extensions to lambda expressions (auto and variadic parameters, generalized captures). You won't find a more up-to-date examination of the new C++ anywhere!

Detailed topic outline

  • The History and Vocabulary of C++ Evolution
  • Sample Program: C++98 vs. C++11
  • Features for Everybody:
    • auto for Type Declarations
    • Range-Based for Loops
    • “>>” as Nested Template Closer
    • nullptr
    • Enhanced enums
    • Unicode characters and strings
    • Raw string literals
    • Uniform initialization syntax
    • Initializer lists
    • Lambda Expressions
    • Template Aliases
    • Threading Support
    • Library Enhancements:
      • New Container Features
      • Smart Pointers (shared_ptr, weak_ptr, unique_ptr)
      • Hash Tables
      • Singly-Linked Lists
      • Fixed-Size Arrays
      • Tuples
      • Regular Expressions
      • Generalized Functors(function)
      • Generalized Binder (bind)
      • New Algorithms
      • Other New Library Functionality
  • Features Primarily for Class Authors:
    • Move Support, Rvalue References, and Perfect Forwarding
    • default Member Functions
    • delete Functions
    • Default Member Initialization
    • Delegating Constructors
    • Inheriting Constructors
  • Features Primarily for Library Authors:
    • Static Assertions
    • explicit Conversion Functions
    • Variadic Templates
    • decltype
    • Alignment control (i.e., alignof, alignas, etc.
  • More C++11 Features (Overview)
  • More C++14 Features (Overview)
  • Removed and Deprecated Features (Overview)

About the author

Scott Meyers is one of the world's foremost authorities on C++ software development. He provides training and consulting services to clients worldwide.

Scott wrote the best-selling Effective C++ series (Effective C++, More Effective C++, and Effective STL), is consulting editor for Addison Wesley's Effective Software Development Series and conceived the boutique conferences The C++ Seminar and C++ and Beyond.

In 2009 he received the Dr. Dobb's Excellence in Programming Award.

He received his PhD in Computer Science from Brown University in 1993.

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