Introduction to OpenDDS Programming

Introduction to OpenDDS Programming

Get started with the OpenDDS project, Object Computing's open source implementation of the Object Management Group's (OMG's) data distribution service (DDS), with this introductory course for C++ and Java developers.


Proficiency with middleware technologies like DDS has become an in-demand skill as more companies implement solutions driven by robotics, smart systems, and automation.

This 6-hour course provides participants with an overview of the DDS specification, an introduction to the OpenDDS implementation, and hands-on experience building C++ and Java applications using OpenDDS technology.

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This course prepares participants to:

  • Understand the DDS’s role in developing distributed applications
  • Define custom DDS data types using OMG's interface definition language (IDL)
  • Develop and run DDS publishing and DDS subscribing applications


The following topics are covered in this course:

  • Introduction to DDS
  • Defining DDS types with interface definition language (IDL)
  • Writing a DDS publishing application
  • Writing a DDS subscribing application
  • Next steps

Lab Requirements

Lab exercises are completed in a browser-based interactive development environment. Participants must have unfiltered internet access using a modern browser.

Intended Audience

Although everyone is welcome, this course is most valuable to distributed application developers and architects looking for a standards-based, open source, publish-subscribe middleware solution that is suitable for both real-time and non-real-time systems.


To get the most out of this course, we recommend participants have a working knowledge of either C++ or Java and familiarity with object-oriented programming concepts.

This is a live, hands-on training course. No recording of this training event will be made available for on-demand consumption.

Meet the Instructor

Tim Simpson, OCI OpenDDS Team

Tim Simpson is a Principal Software Engineer at Object Computing and has worked on the OpenDDS team for more than three years. He has over 15 years experience in high performance and embedded C++ development, including work related to remote sensing, medical imaging, financial planning, and brokerage trading platforms.

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