Systems Programming in C++



  • Gain in-depth knowledge on modern C++ programming techniques and the C++ ecosystem
  • Learn to write good C++
  • Learn to implement large systems with C++
  • Learn to write high-performance code with C++


We do not expect that you have any previous programming experience with either C or C++, but you should be familiar with a general-purpose programming language of your choice. Furthermore, you should be familiar with common algorithms and data structures, as well as computer architecture and operating systems. This is roughly equivalent to having attended the following lectures.
  • Introduction to Informatics 1 (IN0001)
  • Fundamentals of Programming (IN0002)
  • Fundamentals of Algorithms and Data Structures (IN0007)
B.Sc. Informatics:
  • Introduction to Computer Architecture (IN0004)
  • Basic Principles: Operating Systems and System Software (IN0009)
B.Sc. Informatics: Games Engineering:
  • Operating Systems and Hardware oriented Programming for Games (IN0034)


  • Kickoff meeting: Thursday, 03.02.2022 at 10:00h online on BigBlueButton
  • Register for the course through the matching platform
  • Lecture: Tuesdays, 12:00h-14:00h in 02.11.018
  • Tutorial: Fridays, 10:00h-12:00h in 02.11.018
  • First lecture: Tuesday, 26.04.2022
  • Attendance is mandatory in both lectures and tutorials
  • The practical course will be held in English


  • Regular short written quizzes
  • Weekly programming assignments during the semester
  • Larger final project at the end of the semester
  • Assignments and final project must be solved individually (no teamwork)


  • C++ Reference Documentation
  • Lippman, 2013. C++ Primer (5th edition).
  • Stroustrup, 2013. The C++ Programming Language (4th edition).
  • Meyers, 2015. Effective Modern C++. 42 Specific Ways to Improve Your Use of C++11 and C++14.
  • Aho, Lam, Sethi & Ullman, 2007. Compilers. Principles, Techniques & Tools (2nd edition).
  • Tanenbaum, 2006. Structured Computer Organization (5th edition).

Lecture Slides and Recordings

03.02.2022 Kickoff Meeting
26.04.2022 Lecture 01.1: Organization & Introduction
29.04.2022 Lecture 01.2: Introduction to the C++ Ecosystem
03.05.2022 Lecture 02.1: Basic C++ Syntax
06.05.2022 Lecture 02.2: Compiling C++ Files & Declarations and Definitions
13.05.2022 Lecture 03: References, Arrays, and Pointers
20.05.2022 Lecture 04: Classes
The lecture slides contain licensed material
  • none so far

Programming Assignments

Sheet GitLab Repository Due Date
01 05.05.2022 23:59
02 12.05.2022 23:59
03 23.05.2022 23:59