Advanced and Modern C++ Programming: The Tricky Parts [2018 Class Archive]

“Advanced and Modern C++ Programming: The Tricky Parts” is a two-day training course with programming examples taught by Nicolai Josuttis. It is offered at the Meydenbauer Conference Center from 9AM to 5PM on Saturday and Sunday, September 22nd and 23rd, 2018 (immediately prior to the conference). Lunch is included.

Course Description

Whenever I give C++ trainings I run into the same topics of “half knowledge”. We use a lot of pretty complicated features (e.g., templates, move semantics, and smart pointers) in our day-to-day programming without full understanding. Most of the time this works fine, but sometimes not. Even vectors and strings may cause surprises (e.g., to understand when and how memory is allocated).

This tutorial will discuss all these “tricky fundamental” C++ features application programmers see and use day by day. We will motivate them, understand them, and see how they should be used in practice. As a result, you will understand C++ a lot better and advance to the next level of an experienced C++ programmer.


Students are expected to have a basic knowledge of C++ including C++11.

Students are not required to bring any laptop. We will go through exercises together with the laptop of the presenter.

Course Topics

  • Strings (and the short string optimization)
  • When to use which container
  • Using templates in practice
  • The hidden penalty of using shared pointers
  • How to benefit from move semantics in basic C++ classes
  • When types decay
  • Value categories and materialization (and why I should care)
  • Disabling functions (SFINAE and requires)
  • Overloading right – Rules of special member functions
  • Exception handling in practice
  • The real way to initialize object (and why AAA is bad)
  • Returning values perfectly
  • Concurrency traps
  • Allocators (why, when, and how)


Course Instructor

Nicholia Josuttis

Nicolai Josuttis ( is an independent systems architect, technical manager, author, and consultant. He designs mid-sized and
large software systems for the telecommunication, traffic, finance, and
manufacturing industries.
He is well known in the C++ Community for speaking and writing with
authority about C++ (being the author of The C++ Standard Library and
C++ Templates) but is also an innovative presenter.
He is an active member of C++ standardization committee for almost 20
years now.