First Look: C++ Core Guidelines and the Guideline Support Library

The C++ Core Guidelines is a set of rules designed to help you write modern, safe C++ - saving you time and effort as well as making your code more reliable. In this course, you'll learn the philosophy behind the guidelines and see some examples of how following them can improve your code.
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(37)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
March 10, 2016
Duration
1h 38m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(37)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
March 10, 2016
Duration
1h 38m
Description

C++ has a reputation for being a difficult and sometimes dangerous language. The C++ Core Guidelines is a set of rules designed to help you write modern, safe C++ - saving you time and effort as well as making your code more reliable. Announced Sept 21st 2015, the Guidelines are under active development. You can start to use them – and more importantly, to use tools that check your code against them – today. In this course, you'll learn the philosophy behind the guidelines and see some examples of how following them can improve your code. You'll learn how to use Visual Studio to check your code against the guidelines and start writing safer C++.

About the author
About the author

Kate Gregory is in her fourth decade of being paid to program. Her firm, Gregory Consulting Limited, is based in rural Ontario and helps clients adopt new technologies and adjust to the changing business environment. Current work makes heavy use of .NET and Visual C++ for both web and client development, especially for Windows 7 and 8. Managing, mentoring, technical writing, and technical speaking occupy much of her time, but she still writes code every week.

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Transcript
Transcript

Hi everyone, my name is Kate Gregory and welcome to my course First Look: C++ Core Guidelines and the Guideline Support Library

I run a small consulting firm, Gregory Consulting, writing code for some of my clients and helping others to be better developers. I’ve been writing C++ since the late 1980s, and these days a lot of people ask me to help them be better C++ developers. It’s one of my favourite languages, and one it’s worth learning to use well.

C++ is not a new language, but it’s one that’s undergone tremendous changes this century, and is now being used for more kinds of development than any other language. This course will show you how to know that you’re writing good C++ - creating code that’s simple, readable, maintainable, and safe.

Some of the major topics that we will cover include:

  • What the guidelines are and where to find them
  • How following them can prevent bugs and make your code better
  • How to test your code against selected guidelines

By the end of this course, you’ll know how to find the advice you need for writing safe, readable, high-performing C++, and how to discuss your code with others in the context of the guidelines. You’ll know how to confine yourself to the safe parts of C++ without losing flexibility or performance.

Before beginning the course you should be familiar with C++, having written and debugged some code. It doesn’t matter what IDE, compiler, or other tools you use. My C++ Fundamentals course covers what you need.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey to learn how to write GOOD C++ with the First Look: C++ Core Guidelines and the Guideline Support Library course, at Pluralsight.