Programming in C/C++ (Part III)


dr. Frank B. Brokken, phone: 050 363 9281,
Jurjen Bokma, phone: 050 363 9253,
Dept. of Computing Science, University of 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.

This informatioon refers to the final course.

The course will take 7 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 obtaining a thorough understanding of the C/C++ programming language, as well as obtaining a high level of skill in using this language. By the end of the course a very thorough understanding of the ins and outs of the language may be expected.

Assumed entry-level:

Programming in C/C++ (Part II) or comparable. Students who did not attend the second 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, 7 lectures will be organized.

Summary of covered topics:

Having covered C/C++'s object oriented possibilities, this course will focus on Generic Algorithms, the Standard Template Library, the construction of Templates, as well as basic grammar development using code-generating tools designed to be used in C/C++ programs, allowing the participants to design and process complex input languages up to the level of a moderately complex programming language. At the end of the course some traps and pittfalls in developing programs offering graphical user interfaces will be covered.


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 lecturers. They are offered for approx. 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 actual prices may slightly change due to requirements imposed by the printing office.


The course has been completed successfully when approximately 56 % of the (weekly distributed) exercises have been completed, and a (short) final talk with the lecturer has been attended as well.


The third course on the C/C++ programming language usually starts in February.

Details about:

External participants:

External participants should contact the lecturer(s) before registration.

Frank B. Brokken (
28 March 2022