C & C++ programming notes
- Author: Ben Langmead
These are lecture notes and example code for teaching C & C++. The slides themselves are written in a custom "runnable Markdown" dialect for C/C++. These files have extension
.cppmd. The script that "compiles"
.cppmd files is
units/cppmd_render.py. This script:
- Generates C/C++ source files based on specially-formatted comments in the Markdown (
<!---cppmd-file ... -->)
- Runs shell commands based on specially-formatted comments in the Markdown (
<!---cppmd-shell ... -->), often in order to compile and run the source code
- Possibly integrates the output from the shell back into the slides, so that output can be included in final rendered doc
beamerto render a PDF
Outputs consist of (a) a PDF of the slides, (b) source files for all the examples.
All the shell commands are run within a Docker image. We use this image from Docker Hub:
And the corresponding
Dockerfile and scripts used to build/pull/push are available in the
docker subdirectory. The base image is Fedora 27. The most relevant software versions are:
gcc-7.2.1 g++-7.2.1 gdb: Fedora 8.0.1-33.fc27 valgrind-3.13.0 git v2.14.3
The reality of programming in C and C++ can seem divorced from the conceptual discussions in texts. In these notes, explaining concepts is always intertwined with showing examples. When examples are shown, I give exact code and exact command lines, executed in a predictable environment, so that students can recreate the conditions exactly. I show examples that do work and others that don't. The idea is never to stray too far from a code example.