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Beginning C++ Programming - From Beginner to Beyond

Obtain Modern C++ Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) and STL skills needed for game, system, and application development.

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What you will learn

Learn to program with one of the most powerful programming languages that exists today, C++.

Obtain the key concepts of programming that will also apply to other programming languages

Learn Modern C++ rather than an obsolete version of C++ that most other courses teach

Learn C++ features from basic to more advanced such as inheritance and polymorphic functions

Learn C++ using a proven curriculum that covers more material than most C++ university courses

Learn C++ from an experienced university full professor who has been using and teaching C++ for more than 25 years

Includes Quizzes, Live Coding Exercises, Challenge Coding Exercises and Assignments




Which programming language is often seen as a badge of honor among software developers?  C++

Which programming language can you learn that when added to your resume,  will often get you a job interview?  C++ 

Which programming language is routinely ranked in the top 5 programming languages by popularity, and been consistently in the top 10 for close to 20 years?  C++

Why you should learn C++

Much, if not most of software written today is still written in C++ and this has been the case for many, many years. 

Not only is C++ popular, it is also a very relevant language. If you go to GitHub you will see that there are a huge number of active C++ repositories and C++ is also extremely active on stack overflow.

There are many, many leading software titles written entirely or partly in C++. These include the Windows, Linux and Mac OSX operating systems!

Many of the Adobe products such as Photoshop and Illustrator,  the mySQL and MongoDB database engines, and many many more are written in C++.

Leading tech companies use C++ for many of their products and internal research and development. These include Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, PayPal, Google, Facebook, Oracle and many more.

Can you see how learning C++ will open up more career opportunities for you?

If more professional companies are using C++, it stands to reason that there is going to be more of a demand for C++ programmers.

But the main reason programmers should probably learn C++  is because it is so powerful!

What do I mean by powerful?

C++ is super fast,  and is a general purpose programming language that supports both procedure and object oriented programming making it very flexible.

It can scale easily. And it can be portable as well.

C++ can do many things that other languages just can't.

That's why nearly every major language has a way to interface with code written in C++.

Since C++ has influenced so many languages, if you know C++ you'll likely see elements from C++ in new languages you learn.

How can a beginner learn C++ ?

Find a good course, taught by an instructor with many years of experience in C++ is critical, as is the need for the instructor to have the necessary skills to be able to teach you the language.

Frank Mitropolous, the instructor in this course has been using C++ for over 2 decades and has taught students in both university courses and industry training courses.  He even worked on a C++ compiler development project while he was in industry.

So not only will you be learning C++ from an expert C++ programmer, but you'll also be taught by an instructor who has successfully taught at university level for many years.

As a result, you can take this course with confidence, knowing that you will learn C++ the right way, and in the shortest possible timeframe.

Which version of C++ should I learn?

C++ has  had many version releases and updates over the years.  It's a sad fact that most C++ courses do not teach Modern C++, but focus on old, obsolete versions of C++.

Frank teaches you Modern C++ (specifically C++ 11 and C++ 14).  

Learn C++ the right way, with Modern C++, as taught by Frank in this course.

Is C++ difficult to learn?

With all the power and flexibility of C++ comes complexity.

There is no question that C++ is one of the most complex programming languages out there.

But with the right instructor, and the right training, you really can get up to speed with C++ quickly, and that's what this course is all about.

What will I learn in this course?

The course assumes no previous experience with C++ (or even programming in general), and you will end up with the skills to create your own programs in C++.

Key topics covered include.

* Looping with while, do/while for, range-based for statements and recursion
* Performing calculations and displaying results
* Functions
* Pointers
* Using existing classes and creating objects
* Creating your own classes
* Using Basic Standard Template Library classes such as Vector
* Constructors and Destructors
* Copy and Move semantics including Copy constructors, Move constructors, and copy and move assignment 
* How to overload operators
* Using inheritance and class hierarchies
* Using Polymorphic functions and dynamic binding 
* Using smart pointers
* Using stream I/O
* An introduction to the C++ STL
* An introduction to Exception Handling
* And much more.

How is this C++ course different to other courses?

You will learn Modern C++, for one.  Many, perhaps most other courses on Udemy teach you old, obsolete versions of C++.  If you are going to learn C++, it's imperitive that you learn the Modern version to maximise your career opportunities and to ensure your skills are up to date.

The course format includes theory and concepts which are then reinforced with live code examples. Often the C++ debugger is used to step through code and analyze variables to better understand the behavior of C++. The instructor also uses a pen tablet to write on the screen and provide even more visual explanations.

You won't find better C++ training anywhere, and you will struggle to find someone with as much industry and training experience than your instructor Frank has.

What do I get out of learning C++ ?

More career options for one!  C++ is one of the most popular programming languages used in games development.    It's also heavily used in embedded applications.  Your investment in time in learning C++ will reward you time and time again with more pay, and more opportunities, and frankly, more fun!

Are you ready to get started?

If you are ready to get that first paid programming job, or to move up to a more senior programming position, then this course is for you!

Your new job or consulting opportunity awaits!  

Why not get started today?

Click the Signup button to sign up for the course!


Beginning C++ Programming - From Beginner to Beyond
Beginning C++ Programming - From Beginner to Beyond
Beginning C++ Programming - From Beginner to Beyond
Beginning C++ Programming - From Beginner to Beyond



About the Course

Why Learn C++?

Modern C++ and the C++ Standard

How does all this work?

FAQ -- Please Read!

Installation and Setup

Installation and Setup Overview

Installing the C++ Compiler on Windows

Installing CodeLite on Windows

Configuring CodeLite on Windows

Installing the C++ Compiler on Mac OSX

Installing CodeLite on Mac OSX

Configuring CodeLite on Mac OSX

Installing CodeLite on Ubuntu Linux

Configuring CodeLite on Ubuntu Linux

Creating a Default CodeLite Project Template (All Versions)

Using the Command-Line interface

Using the Command-Line Interface on Windows

Using the Command-Line Interface on Mac OSX

Using the Command-Line Interface on Linux (Ubuntu)

Using a Web-based C++ Compiler

Using the Included Source Code Course Resources

Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

Overview of the Section Challenge Exercises

Overview of the Section Quizzes

Getting Started

Section Overview

An Overview of the CodeLite Interface

Writing our first program

Building our first program

What are Compiler Errors?

What are Compiler Warnings?

What are Linker Errors?

What are Runtime Errors?

What are Logic Errors?

Section Challenge

Section Challenge - Solution

Section 4 Quiz

Structure of a C++ Program

Section Overview

Overview of the Structure of a C++ Program

#include Preprocessor Directive


The main() function


Basic Input and Output (I/O) using cin and cout

Using cout and the insertion operator to say Hi to Frank

Using cout and the insertion operator

Using cin and the extraction operator

Section 5 Quiz

Variables and Constants

Section Overview

What is a variable?

Declaring and Initializing Variables

Declaring and Initializing Variables

Global Variables

C++ Built-in Primitive Types

What is the Size of a Variable (sizeof)

What is a Constant?

Declaring and Using Constants

Section Challenge

Section Challenge - Solution

Section 06 Quiz

Arrays and Vectors

Section Overview

What is an Array?

Declaring and Initializing Arrays

Accessing and Modifying Array Elements

Declaring, Initializing and Accessing an Array

Multidimensional Arrays

Declaring and Initializing Vectors

Accessing and Modifying Vector Elements

Declaring, Initializing and Accessing Vectors

Section Challenge

Section Challenge - Solution

Section 07 Quiz

Statements and Operators

Section Overview

Expressions and Statements

Using Operators

The Assignment Operator

Arithmetic Operators

Using the Assignment Operator

Using the Arithmetic Operators

Increment and Decrement Operators

Mixed Expressions and Conversions

Testing for Equality

Relational Operators

Logical Operators

Compound Assignment Operators

Operator Precedence

Logical Operators and Operator Precedence - Can you work?

Section Challenge

Section Challenge - Solution

Section 08 Quiz

Controlling Program Flow

Section Overview

if Statement

If Statement - Can you Drive?

if else Statement

If-Else Statement - Can you Drive?

Nested if Statement

Nested If Statements - Can you Drive?

switch-case Statement

Switch Statement - Day of the Week

Conditional Operator


for Loop

For loop - Sum of Odd Integers

range-based for Loop

Using the range-based for loop

while Loop

While loop exercise

do while Loop

continue and break

Infinite Loops

Nested Loops

Nested Loops - Sum of the Product of all Pairs of Vector Elements

Section Challenge

Section Challenge - Solution Part 1

Section Challenge - Solution Part 2

​Section 09 Quiz

Characters and Strings

Section Overview

Character Functions

C-Style Strings

Working with C-style Strings

Using C-style Strings

C++ Strings

Working with C++ Strings

Using C++ Strings - Exercise 1

Using C++ Strings - Exercise 2

Section Challenge

Section Challenge - Solution

​Section 10 Quiz


Section Overview

What is a Function?

Using Functions from the cmath Library

Function Definition

Function Prototypes

Function Parameters and the return Statement

Functions and Prototypes - Converting Temperatures

Default Argument Values

Using Default Argument Values - Grocery List

Overloading Functions

Overloading Functions - Calculating Area

Passing Arrays to Functions

Passing Arrays to Functions - Print a Guest List

Pass by Reference

Using Pass by Reference - Print a Guest List

Scope Rules

How do Function Calls Work?

inline Functions

Recursive Functions

Implementing a Recursive Function - Save a Penny

Section Challenge

Section Challenge-Solution

Section 11 Quiz

Pointers and References

Section Overview

What is a Pointer?

Declaring Pointers

Accessing the Pointer Address and Storing Address in a Pointer

Dereferencing a Pointer

Dynamic Memory Allocation

The Relationship Between Arrays and Pointers

Pointer Arithmetic

Const and Pointers

Passing Pointers to Functions

Returning a Pointer from a Function

Potential Pointer Pitfalls

What is a Reference?

L-values and R-values

Using the CodeLite IDE Debugger

Section Recap

Section Challenge

Section Challenge - Solution

​Section 12 Quiz

OOP - Classes and Objects

Section Overview

What is Object-Oriented Programming?

What are Classes and Objects?

Declaring a Class and Creating Objects

Accessing Class Members

Creating and Accessing Objects

public and private

Implementing Member Methods

Adding public methods that access private class attributes

Add more public methods to an existing class

Constructors and Destructors

The Default Constructor

Add a Default Constructor to an Existing Class

Overloading Constructors

Add an Overloaded Constructor to an Existing Class

Constructor Initialization lists

Delegating Constructors

Constructor Parameters and Default Values

Copy Constructor

Add a Copy Constructor to an Existing Class

Shallow Copying with the Copy Constructor

Deep Copying with the Copy Constructor

Move Constructors

The 'this' Pointer

Using const with Classes

Static Class Members

Structs vs Classes

Friends of a class

Section Challenge

Section Challenge - Solution

​Section 13 Quiz

Operator Overloading

Section Overview

What is Operator Overloading?

Overloading the Assignment Operator (copy)

Overloading the Assignment Operator (move)

Overloading Operators as Member Functions

Operator Overloading as Member Functions

Overloading Operators as Global Functions

Operator Overloading as Non-member Functions

Overloading the Stream Insertion and Extraction Operators

Operator Overloading the Stream Insertion Operator

Section Challenge

Section Challenge - Solution 1

Section Challenge - Solution 2

Section 14 Quiz


Section Overview

What is Inheritance?

Terminology and Notation

Inheritance vs. Composition

Deriving Classes from Existing Classes

Protected Members and Class Access

Constructors and Destructors

Passing Arguments to Base Class Constructors

Copy/Move Constructors and Operator = with Derived Classes

Redefining Base Class Methods

Multiple Inheritance

The Updated Accounts Example

Section Challenge

Section Challenge - Solution

​Section 15 Quiz


Section Overview

What is Polymorphism?

Using a Base Class Pointer

Virtual Functions

Virtual Destructors

Using the Override Specifier

Using the Final Specifier

Using Base Class References

Pure Virtual Functions and Abstract Classes

Abstract Classes as Interfaces

Section Challenge

Section Challenge - Solution Part 1

Section Challenge - Solution Part 2

Section Challenge - Final Solution

Section 16 Quiz

Smart Pointers

Section Overview

Some Issues with Raw Pointers

What is a Smart Pointer? Ownership and RAII

Unique Pointers

Shared Pointers

Weak Pointers

Custom Deleters

Section Challenge 1

Section Challenge 1 - Solution

Section 17 Quiz

Exception Handling

Section Overview

Basic Concepts and a Simple Example: Dividing by Zero

Throwing an Exception from a Function

Handling Multiple Exceptions

Stack Unwinding and How it Works

Creating User-Defined Exception Classes

Class Level Exceptions

The C++ std::exception Class Hierarchy

Section Challenge

Section Challenge - Solution

Section 18 Quiz

I/O and Streams

Section Overview

Files, Streams and I/O

Stream Manipulators

Stream Manipulators - boolean

Stream Manipulators - integers

Stream Manipulators - floating point

Stream Manipulators - align and fill

Section Challenge 1

Section Challenge 1 - Solution

Reading from a Text File

Reading from a Text File - Live Demo - Part 1

Reading from a Text File - Live Demo - Part 2

Reading a text file

Section Challenge 2

Section Challenge 2 - Solution

Section Challenge 3

Section Challenge 3 - Solution

Writing to a Text File

Writing to a Text File - Live Demo

Section Challenge 4

Section Challenge 4 - Solution

Using String Streams

File locations with some Popular IDEs

Section 19 Quiz

The Standard Template Library (STL)

Section Overview

What is the STL?

Generic Programming with Macros

Generic Programming with Function Templates

Generic Programming with Class Templates

Creating a Generic Array Template Class

Introduction to STL Containers

Introduction to STL Iterators

Introduction to Iterators - Demo

Introduction to STL Algorithms

Introduction to Algorithms - Demo

Sequence Container - Array

Sequence Containers - Vector

Sequence Containers - Deque

Section Challenge 1

Section Challenge 1 - Solution

Sequence Containers - List and Forward List

Section Challenge 2

Section Challenge 2 - Solution

Associative Containers - Sets

Associative Containers - Maps

Section Challenge 3

Section Challenge 3 - Solution

Container Adaptors - Stack

Container Adaptors - Queue

Section Challenge 4

Section Challenge 4 - Solution

Container Adaptors - Priority Queue

Section 20 Quiz

Extra Information - Source code, and other stuff

Source Code for all Sections

Bonus Lecture and Information


Fabrizio8 October 2020

I'm basically a C programmmer with very limited knwoledge of C++. This course really opened my mind about this powerful language! Thanks!

Fatih8 October 2020

This is the best course that I have ever taken. If you looking for the best c++ course this is. And these are my reasons: -He is very well prepared. Doesn't spend time for writing unnecessary code. - He provides visual materials for most of the complicated concepts and explains them in detail. - When you increase the speed, you will still have an understandable english. For people who like studying these videos time management becomes an issue. - English as a second language speaker, he chooses his words wisely which can be understood by all. Finally, I am not even mentioning all the challenges and the test that helped me practice and understand what I was doing. I kindly appreciate your work.

Sheshank4 October 2020

Very brief and nice experience. Anyone can certainly almost acknowledge the expertise of the instructor

Ariel3 October 2020

I just wish that the course presented more in-depth how C++ work behind the scenes (like memory management). The content is very helpful though. The pace for me is quite slow, could be faster.

Aman3 October 2020

So I started this course via recommendation from a friend and It was my best decision. Earlier in the course when I was at Section 4 or 5 I was thinking that It will take too much time but I keep following the instructor with my full dedication and today I completed this course. The amount of in depth knowledge I got from this course I don't think I will get without such a good instructor. If you are looking to learn this is the course I can recommend with full of my heart. Just go for it.

Adrian27 February 2020

so far he is very thorough with the explanation of both c++ and how we are going to personally use it.

Ilya26 February 2020

An excellent course and most importantly (for me) with new changes in the language, before that I was familiar with the language but still learned a lot.

Парфёнов25 February 2020

Да, но хотелось бы и русские субтитры. Я конечно понимаю все, но хотелось бы больше концентрироваться на самом курсе, а не его речи

Victor25 February 2020

Exercise while-loop is awful. The solution didn't make any sense. It would do for someone with expertise on C++

Marco25 February 2020

It had lots of things that i wanted to learn. If it was possible to include sockets & http it would be 6 out of 5

Domose25 February 2020

Outstanding introductory illustration. I expect that the difficult concepts in the coming lessons would be made understandable.

David24 February 2020

I really hope to update my rating of the course later, but so far I've found that the codelite editor chosen for the course is grossly out of date in the videos. Features are located or look differently. Also I've noted that there is a c++ standard everyone, but the course has not been updated to indicate that. I've actually gone the route of using CLion as an editor since I'm a subscriber to their full tool set anyways. Had I not had this option, I probably would have opted for atom.io and the command line as my way through the course. I can't vouch for the currency of the program in Windows as I simply do not use the OS, but I purchased the course specifically because it covered development on a linux platform and so far I can't see how someone new to this world would handle it on that platform.

Bhagyashree22 February 2020

This course has extremely bad video quality. Almost all videos are blurred. It is very difficult to understand content.

Deepesh22 February 2020

Good explation about various processes happening right from building to executing our porgram! And a great overview about various IDE'S out there!

博尹22 February 2020

Frank and his team always answer the questions timely. This is a really great course for those are newbies in C++ programming.


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