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Hands-On System Programming with C++

By : Dr. Rian Quinn
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Hands-On System Programming with C++

By: Dr. Rian Quinn

Overview of this book

C++ is a general-purpose programming language with a bias toward system programming as it provides ready access to hardware-level resources, efficient compilation, and a versatile approach to higher-level abstractions. This book will help you understand the benefits of system programming with C++17. You will gain a firm understanding of various C, C++, and POSIX standards, as well as their respective system types for both C++ and POSIX. After a brief refresher on C++, Resource Acquisition Is Initialization (RAII), and the new C++ Guideline Support Library (GSL), you will learn to program Linux and Unix systems along with process management. As you progress through the chapters, you will become acquainted with C++'s support for IO. You will then study various memory management methods, including a chapter on allocators and how they benefit system programming. You will also explore how to program file input and output and learn about POSIX sockets. This book will help you get to grips with safely setting up a UDP and TCP server/client. Finally, you will be guided through Unix time interfaces, multithreading, and error handling with C++ exceptions. By the end of this book, you will be comfortable with using C++ to program high-quality systems.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)

Unix processes

A process on a Unix-based system is a userspace application executed and scheduled by the operating system. In this book, we will refer to processes and userspace applications interchangeably.

As will be shown, most Unix-based processes that are running at any given time are children of some other parent process, and each kernel implements processes under the hood differently, but the same basic commands for creating and managing processes are provided by all Unix operating systems.

In this section, we will discuss how to create and manage Unix-based processes using commonly-seen POSIX interfaces.

The fork() function

On a Unix-based system, the fork() function is used to create processes. The fork() function...