The course provides an overview of C++ for the experienced C programmer. You will learn how C++ is more powerful than C. The C++ STL library will be featured. This library allows C++ programmers to code generically, efficiently and at a high level. You will learn how to write basic graph algorithms such as the shortest path algorithm. You'll then put this skill to use in a programming assignment aimed at producing an intelligent hex player.

Ira Pohl is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Fellow of the ACM. The department is part of the Jack Baskin School of Engineering. Mr. Pohl has written widely on programming in C, C++, C# and Java.

His research interests include artificial intelligence, programming languages such as C#, C, C++ and Java, practical complexity problems, heuristic search methods, deductive algorithms, and educational and social issues. He enjoys walks and bike rides by the ocean, and can occasionally be found playing chess in a coffee house.