The GNU Programmer's Primer

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No matter if we are creating new software or building legacy applications, understanding how to leverage GNU's classic tool-set to manage content creation activities is a highly sought-after skill set.

The de-facto standard in building everything from operating systems to millions of Open-Source Projects, these lessons begin by reviewing how to both create, as well as to use `Makefiles.`

Demonstrating how to compile, link & test a basic C++ program, the training will also cover the most common set of g++ / c++ operations. Students will create a C++ application, related Makefile, as well as library. GNU's basic compiler, linker, and program-creation process, artifacts, and naming conventions will be reviewed.

Because GNU's debugger is important to understand, the operation of both gdb, as well as the graphical xxgdb tools will be explored. Demonstrating how to both include, as well as remove, source code & symbols from your application is also presented.

Finally, students will also learn what `name mangling` is, as well as how to use GNU's tool-set to decipher "decorated" classes and function names.

Basic knowledge
  • Students must be able to start & exit a "command line" or "console" user interface
  • Students should be able to run GNU's make from a `bash` shell, or from Cygwin
  • GNU's C++ Tool Set must also be installed

What will you learn
  • Understand how to use GNU make to manage common software development activities
  • Learn the "critical path" options most frequently required to build C++ applications
  • Use GNU's dbg andxxgdb tools to perform stack-based debugging
  • Create libraries designed to be shared between multiple C++ applications
  • Understand the difference between static & dynamic library types
  • Discover how GNU's make uses rules, dependencies, recipes, and macros to create software
  • Learn how to include, inspect, and remove source code from your debugging sessions
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Number of Lectures: 10 Total Duration: 00:58:22

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