Advanced C++ Concepts: Templates

Nov 5, 2019 · Santa Clara, United States of America

This is a 3 week course on generic programming in C++, specifically templates. Templates are a form of parametric polymorphism allowing the same piece of code to work on different types, this allows for cleaner interfaces and better code re-use. Programming with templates can be intimidating even to experienced C++ programmers, often because of confusing compiler/linker errors and because of the subtle ways templated functions and classes differ from their non-templated counterparts. Also, effective programming with templates requires knowledge of type deduction, which is often not a part of C++ training. This course introduces these topics and aims to provide the foundational knowledge to use templates in C++ boldly and effectively.

Week 1:
Why Polymorphism? Motivating parametric polymorphism
Various kinds of templates (Function, Class, Variable, Alias)

Week 2:
Template Specializations
Tag dispatch, SNIFAE

Week 3:
Type deduction basics
Practical considerations (how to parse error messages etc.)
Deep dive into a practical use with an example from the Standard Library

This course is for those with some programming experience in C++, if you have experience in other languages and are interested in learning more about generic programming it would be good to get familiar with C++ syntax to get most value.
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