6.088 Introduction to C Memory Management and C++ Object-Oriented Programming

As taught in: January IAP 2010

Photograph of a cookie cutter and cookie dough.

Lecture 4 discusses object-oriented programming in C++: a class is like a cookie cutter, and objects are like cookies. (Photograph courtesy of Guillaume Brialon on Flickr.)




Eunsuk Kang

Jean Yang

Course Features

Course Description

Ever hang your head in shame after your Python program wasn't as fast as your friend's C program? Ever wish you could use objects without having to use Java? Join us for this fun introduction to C and C++! We will take you through a tour that will start with writing simple C programs, go deep into the caves of C memory manipulation, resurface with an introduction to using C++ classes, dive deeper into advanced C++ class use and the C++ Standard Template Libraries. We'll wrap up by teaching you some tricks of the trade that you may need for tech interviews.

We see this as a "C/C++ empowerment" course: we want you to come away understanding

  1. why you would want to use C over another language (control over memory, probably for performance reasons),
  2. why you would want to use C++ rather than C (objects), and
  3. how to be useful in C and C++.

This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .c, .cc, .h, and .zip.