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How to get a job as a C++ developer?
4 points by symbion 1624 days ago | hide | past | web | 4 comments | favorite

I am a Java developer but currently found interest in C++ development. What should I do/learn first to land to get a job as a C++ developer ?

http://cplusplus.com/doc/tutorial/ http://www.horstmann.com/ccj2/ccjapp3.html http://www.4p8.com/eric.brasseur/cppcen.html

I was in a similar situation just lately. The above are some very good introductory stuff I found very useful.

Here are the key things you need to learn:

1. Memory Management - Java takes care of it all for you, whereas in C++ you have to manually allocate and de-allocate memory, otherwise you will have memory leaks.

2. Learn the Standard Template Library (STL). C++ has a much smaller library of pre-built code that Java. The STL is very good for some basic data structures like map, set, etc.

3. Pointers - Java has references, C++ has pointers. You need to learn how to use them safely.

4. Polymorphism - Similar to Java but syntax is a bit different

5. Operator Overloading - You can redefine operators such as "+" or "-" to make your code look cleaner. This can be dangerous, but very useful if done correctly.

I think that is a good start. Overall the transition to C++ should be relatively easy once you master memory management and pointers.

I don't think he wanted an intro to CPP, he wants to know where to find work.

In fairness, if someone needs to know that c++ doesn't have a GC, then you'd have to be out of your mind to give them work.

I agree that learning the Standard Template Library (STL) would give you a solid basis. Also, read up on how Facebook has made C++ a significant part of their process. This could spark some ideas in terms of applying the technical skills to a very relevant (and current) challenge. Maybe you'll be inspired to begin a project on Github?

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