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C++ Programming Mentoring and Study Group. 2nd & 4th Wednesday Austin Tech Ranch

Grant Rostig

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Type End Quantity
Student (Experienced Programmer Learning Modern C++)
You know programming in some language, since we will not be covering loop and control statements. Student includes C++98 programmers and all the other languages.
10 min before event ends Free  
Mentor (Experienced Modern C++11/14 Programmer who may be able to mentor others)
You know C++11 or C++14 very well and can explain it with patience and friendliness.
10 min before event ends Free  

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Let's Learn Modern C++14 Together - it's like a whole new, even better language!

TOPIC: Questions and Answeres in Modern C++

Our format emphasizes questions and answers, and our lively interactive round-table discussion. Anyone can participate or simply listen.

Optional Recommended Reading - Not required

Programming: Principles and Practice Using C++, **2nd** Edition -- Bjarne Stroustrup (AKA. Birds book) ::

C++ Programming Language, The, **4th** Edition -- Bjarne Stroustrup (AKA. Mountains book) ::

Let's Learn Modern C++14 Together - it's like a whole new, even better language! 

Who should attend? - Are you a solid programmer (in another language or C++) who wants to expand your horizons to the powerful new modern C++?

Learn as experienced Modern C++ 14 programmers (mentors) share their knowledge with you.

Mentors Needed! - Our expert volunteer mentors benefit from teaching, as well as hearing and learning alternative approaches from their fellow mentor's views, and the questions asked by the learners (students) during a session.

Don't forget to invite your programmer friends.

Part 0 - Setup and Networking

0.a) 6:30pm - Personal networking and setting up your computer.

The formal schedule begins promptly at 7:00 pm:

Part 1 - Organized Q&A and Round-table Discussion (1 hour 15 minutes)

1.a) Brief Administrative Review:  We spend a few minutes sharing comments and critique of how the prior class went and how to improve it.

1.b) Extensive Questions and Answers:  Q&A and round-table discussion focused on the event topic (as noted in the title above).  It is helpful but not required to have read the recommended reading before attending.  Everyone is welcome, don't hesitate to attend!  Even if you have not read the suggested material, or attended prior meetings, you are welcome and we will accommodate beginner C++ questions.

1.c) Brief Announcements: Calls for jobs, events, news, and points of interest from the all programmers present (and by businesses/group sponsors by prior arrangement only).

Part 2 - Lab, Personal Projects, and Individual Mentoring (45 minutes)

2.a) Individual or small groups practice coding on their computers.  Projects can consist of anything; student's projects, IDE, development environment and library setup. Also, mentors offer ***individualized help*** for students with any C++ questions including topics outside of those covered that day.

Part 3 - Meet at Coffee Shop

3.a) Depending on interest, we meet at local coffee shop for more free-form discussion.  Yes, we sometimes even talk in the parking lot after the local coffee shop closes.


You will probably want to bring along a laptop.  Wifi is available.  

For simple chat use:

To follow our coding demonstrations we will be using google hangouts.

>> ** The google hangouts URL changes each time and will be posted in the gitter room (above) when it is available, just at the beginning of the meeting. ** <<

For ONLINE participation, use the same link (above).

Suggested Compiler and IDE -

We will be using the Qt cross-platform development environment for programming exercises and examples.  Of course, you may use any other compiler, but we may be less familiar with it.  You can download the open source Qt product here:

 Young People: All programmers are welcome, however if you are under 18 years of age, you will need to be accompanied at ALL times by your parent or legal guardian.  There are no exceptions to this rule.

 Group Culture and Meeting Facilitation -

 We discuss deeply technical specifics regarding Modern C++ and how to modernized code up to that standard.  Introductory and advanced questions and answers are interleaved with the goal of everyone getting some benefit moment to moment.  All questions are treated with respect. All answers/replies/comments and asides are considered, challenged, and supplemented by everyone in the group.  We are highly interactive and we sit around a huge table to facilitate quality communication.  No one is required to speak, but we hope you will have something to add when you are comfortable doing so.  The moderator of the group is very proactive in keeping the discussion understandable, focused, on topic and moving forward, as well as creating space for people to speak and express their technical ideas.  We aim for highly productive, highly interactive learning.  Generally, Grant is the moderator and Alan is the primary mentor.

Our website is:

This event is listed on Eventbrite in two ways and on Meetup: 

Also you can join: (focused on Mountains book) (focused on Birds book) 


 No food will be served, please eat before you arrive.  However, there is a basic vending machine available in the kitchen.

 All sessions are or may be recorded in video and audio.  Recordings are not available at this time.  These recordings may or may not be posted on the internet in the future.  Generally, a simple web cam is pointed at the white board and only the presenters are visible.  However attendee questions and comments can be heard. Your attendance constitutes your acceptance of being recorded.

Location of building and entry:

 ere is a photo of the building.  The correct entry door is to the left of the big tree where the two buildings join at 90 degrees.

 The building exterior door is locked in the evenings and the lighting of the front door and entry way is dimly lit, especially in winter.

Someone may be at the door, it may be open, or gently press (and hold for one second) the little white bell, if present, or call 512-fiv,ve s,ssixx 94twooone8. 

The office is on the 2nd floor on the right, or left out of the elevator.  The door of office may also be locked. 

Once in the office, follow the corridor with the "creatively" styled arrows. 

Please try to be on time (by 7 PM) because we have to walk a long distance to open the door and let people in once we start the meetup.


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Tech Ranch Austin
8920 Business Park Drive
Austin, TX 78759


Grant Rostig

Contract Computer Programmer, Database Designer, and Software Architect.

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