Book Image

Modern C++: Efficient and Scalable Application Development

By : Richard Grimes, Marius Bancila
Book Image

Modern C++: Efficient and Scalable Application Development

By: Richard Grimes, Marius Bancila

Overview of this book

C++ is one of the most widely used programming languages. It is fast, flexible, and used to solve many programming problems. This Learning Path gives you an in-depth and hands-on experience of working with C++, using the latest recipes and understanding most recent developments. You will explore C++ programming constructs by learning about language structures, functions, and classes, which will help you identify the execution flow through code. You will also understand the importance of the C++ standard library as well as memory allocation for writing better and faster programs. Modern C++: Efficient and Scalable Application Development deals with the challenges faced with advanced C++ programming. You will work through advanced topics such as multithreading, networking, concurrency, lambda expressions, and many more recipes. By the end of this Learning Path, you will have all the skills to become a master C++ programmer. This Learning Path includes content from the following Packt products: • Beginning C++ Programming by Richard Grimes • Modern C++ Programming Cookbook by Marius Bancila • The Modern C++ Challenge by Marius Bancila
Table of Contents (24 chapters)
Title Page
About Packt
Math Problems
Language Features
Strings and Regular Expressions
Streams and Filesystems
Date and Time
Algorithms and Data Structures

Chapter 2. Working with Memory, Arrays, and Pointers

C++ allows you to have direct access to memory through pointers. This gives you a lot of flexibility, and potentially it allows you to improve the performance of your code by eliminating some unnecessary copying of data. However, it also provides an extra source of errors; some can be fatal for your application or worse (yes, worse than fatal!) because poor use of memory buffers can open security holes in your code that can allow malware to take over the machine. Clearly pointers are an important aspect of C++.

In this chapter, you'll see how to declare pointers and initialize them to memory locations, how to allocate memory on the stack and, C++ free store, and how to use C++ arrays.