07 Dec 2021

Mod(C++) Fundamentals

Mod(C++) Fundamentals is a two day training course. It is ideal for new hires that have little to no experience in C++.

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Mod(C++) Fundamentals

Mod(C++) Fundamentals is a two-day training course. It is tailored to give new hires an introduction to modern C++.

Introduction to C++

Mod(C++) Fundamentals is ideal for people who have little to no experience in C++, but are proficient in an Object Oriented Programming language, like Java or C#.

Mod(C++) Fundamentals should ideally be taken before Mod(C++) Intermediate, another two-day course which expands on the topics in Mod(C++) Fundamentals. Taken together these two courses will give a good foundation for a modern C++ programmer.

Practical information

The exercises will be done in a CMake based project. The students will need a development environment, a rich IDE is recommended, for example Visual Studio Code and Jetbrains CLion. A GitHub account will be useful.

Students are assumed to be proficient in an Object Oriented Programming language like Java or C#. They should be working in (or looking to work in) a C++ project.


The course has been authored by Corentin Jabot, Patricia Aas and Ólafur Waage. Between them they have almost 40 years of experience in C++, working on everything from games to browsers and embedded.

Two-day training

Day 1 - Welcome to C++

  • Introduction to C++ and presentation of the project
  • Hello world and overview of simple C++
  • Using variables, functions and parameters effectively
  • Using values, references, auto and const
  • An introduction to the compilation model of C++. Build systems, compilation, linkage, headers, translation units and libraries
  • Introduction to unit testing using Catch2
  • Classes, structs, namespaces and enum class
  • Allocation on the stack vs heap, std::unique_ptr, Rule of Zero and RAII

Day 2 - Algorithmic Thinking

  • Containers: std::array, and std::vector
  • Iterators and Algorithms
  • Lambdas and Function Templates
  • Algorithmic Thinking
  • Introduction to tooling like Clang Tidy, Clang Format, CMake, GDB
  • Introduction to sanitizers like AddressSanitizer, Undefined Behavior Sanitizer and Memory Sanitizer