Programming in C/C++ (Part II)


dr. Frank B. Brokken, phone: 050 363 9281,
Computing Center University of Groningen,
Smitsborg, room 279, Nettelbosje 1, Groningen.


There are three courses on C/C++. These courses are integrated, show no overlap, and together they very thoroughly cover the C/C++ programming language. It is highly advisable to aim at attending all three courses. In individual cases a selection may be more appropriate. Contact the lecturer when in doubt.

Note in particular that the first course is important in that it created the foundation upon which this course and the third course are built. Do not assume that the first course is not for you if you're already a proficient C programmer. There are many aspects and approaches in C++ which are vastly different from what you already might know from C. Do not underestimate these differences. Again, if you have any doubts about what to do, contact the lecturer.

This informatioon refers to the middle course. Students who successfully complete this course are able to design medium level programs in C/C++.

This course will take 8 weeks. Each week a lecture will be organized.


Most likely, the C/C++ courses are offered in English. Foreign students are explicitly invited to join this course. Of course, when all participants are able to use Dutch, Dutch will be used. This course can be attended by students interested in improving their skills of the C/C++ programming language. By the end of the course a substantial understanding of the language may be expected. This course can be taken to reach the entry-level for the third course on programming in C/C++, and offers the perfect preparation for that course.

Assumed entry-level:

Programming in C/C++ (Part I) or comparable. Students who did not attend the first course are advised to contact the lecturer prior to enrolling.

Study Load:

Approx. 140 hours, 5 ECTS credit points,

The study load includes the lectures as well as the average time required to complete the exercises.
In this course, 8 lectures will be organized.

Summary of covered topics:

Having covered C/C++'s basic grammar, this course will focus on advanced use of allocation, advanced class construction schemes, on Exceptions, and on object oriented programming.


Lectures, covering specific problems, form the core of the course. All participants will be members of a email mailing list to promote the discussion of topics related to the C/C++ programming language. Exercises to be completed in between the lectures and summaries of the lectures will be provided. The lecturer may be contacted to discuss problems which may be encountered while solving the exercises.


The following books are used for this and the other two C/C++ courses:

De Programmeertaal C,

by F.B. Brokken en K. Kubat. This book is in Dutch. However, for participants who don't read Dutch, any introductory book on the C programming language will do. A classic is the book by Kernighan and Ritchie:

Kernighan, B. W., Ritchie, D.M., The C programming language
Prentice Hall, 1988, ISBN 0-13-110362-8.

The main book for this course, however, will be the

C++ Annotations.

The C++ Annotations contain the relevant aspects of the C++ programming language, and assume a firm knowledge of the C programming language. The books can be ordered via the lecturer. They are offered for EUR 65.-- (both books). For separate copies, the charges will be EUR 25.-- for `De Programmeertaal C' and EUR 40.-- for `The C++ Annotations'.


The course has been completed successfully when approximately 60 % of the (weekly distributed) exercises have been completed, and a (short) final talk with the lecturer has been attended as well.


The second course on the C/C++ programming language starts in week 47: The first lecture will be November 18.

Details about:

Tariff for external participants:

Students and employees of the University of Groningen and of the `Hanzehogeschool' can register while there are vacancies. The tariff for them is defined by the standard tariff-regulation for educational services in the `beta'-studies.

External participants will be billed EUR 650,--

Progress code: RC-C++2

Frank B. Brokken (
02 September 2014