I have noticed that in many computer science courses, professors tend to focus on teaching
C++11 as the primary version of the
C++ programming language, rather than covering newer versions such as
C++20. I'm curious about the reasons behind this approach and whether it's common across different academic institutions.
I took plenty
C++ courses at "my" (I don't own it...) university including OOP, Data Structures, Algorithms and Analysis of them,... and they always wanted us to compile the code with specific flags (Most of them don't matter, like
-Werror) such as
-std=c++11. I never really noticed that in the lower level courses, but as you move up you start to notice some things aren't available in
C++11, and those might be the solution to your problem.
Specifically, I would like to know:
What are the main factors that influence professors' decisions to teach C++11 over newer versions?
Are there any significant differences or challenges associated with teaching newer versions of C++ in a classroom setting?
How does this choice impact students' learning experiences and their preparedness for industry standards?
Are there any educational resources or case studies available that discuss the benefits and drawbacks of teaching different versions of C++?
I appreciate any insights or experiences shared by educators, professionals, or students who have encountered this teaching approach in computer science programs. Additionally, if there are alternative teaching strategies that incorporate more recent
C++ versions, I would be interested to learn about those as well. Thank you!
P.S I'm sorry is I offended anyone by including (all) in the question title.