How I Teach Modern C++ One Pixel at a Time

By Mike Shah

The C++ language has a reputation of being a very powerful, fast, and expressive, but it also has a reputation of being a difficult to learn language for beginners. My opinion though, is that we can always be improving our teaching materials for beginners—​that’s why I teach the C++ programming language one pixel at a time. What does a pixel have to do with the language? It’s not so much the graphics (though that is a motivating domain to use the C++ language), but in the ability for beginning programmers to visualize and see what they are programming. In this talk I reflect on how to not just teach C++, but how to motivate, inspire, and get beginners to build cool graphical projects while learning the Modern C++ language.