Advanced C++

This serves as documentation for more advanced/modern features of C++ that are not currently covered in the curriculum at many universities.

Some topics covered aren't necessarily C++ specific, but are more general software engineering aspects. The examples will be provided in C++.

A short list of things that will be covered are as follows (in some tentative order):

General software engineering

  • Unit testing
  • Using the standard library
  • How and why OO is super important, or, designing a good API


  • Type deduction
  • Smart pointers (std::unique_ptr, std::shared_ptr, etc.)
  • The Big Five (copy ctor, move ctor, copy-assignment ctor, move-assignment ctor, destructor) (instead of C++03 Big Three)
  • Functional programming (lambdas, std::function, etc.)
  • The new threading library (so long, pthreads!)
  • RAII (Resource Acquisition is Initialization)
  • const correctness and why it's important


Because many features of modern C++ are related to facilitating object-oriented programming, I expect all readers to be comfortable with basic OO using C++.

I also expect all readers to have a compiler that supports compiling with the flag -std=c++14, which allows for features of the C++14 standard.


This book is neither affiliated with nor endorsed by any university. This work is created with the intent to be freely available and voluntarily done for those interested in C++.

I am not perfect. If there are mistakes, please let me know. I will happily fix them and give you credit if you'd like. Just send me an email (below) with the error, a fix/improvement, and if/how you'd like to be attributed. You can also start a discussion and I will address it as soon as possible.