September 2012

Unifying Generic Functions and Function Objects—Dave Abrahams

From Dave Abrahams:

Unifying Generic Functions and Function Objects

I just got finished collaborating on a proposal with Faisal Vali and Herb Sutter to include generic lambdas and pythy functions in the core language. After the upcoming Portland committee meeting, we should have a good sense of how much appetite there is on the committee for including these features in C++.

While we were writing that paper, we got some of our most helpful comments and insights from Mathias Gaunard. It was a pivotal moment when Mathias reminded us that we could create operator overload sets explicitly with inheritance and using declarations, and then used it to demonstrate "overloaded lambda expressions..."

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Padding and Rearranging Structure Members—Dan Saks

Hot of the press at Dr. Dobb's:

Padding and Rearranging Structure Members

By Dan Saks

... Multibyte objects often have an alignment ... a "requirement that objects of a particular type be located on storage boundaries with addresses that are particular multiples of a byte address". The Standard leaves it up to each target processor to specify its alignment requirements. That is, a processor might require that a 4-byte integer or pointer referenced as a single object be word aligned — at an address that's a multiple of four. A processor also might require that an 8-byte floating-point number be word aligned, or maybe even double-word aligned — at an address that's a multiple of eight.

According to the C Standard, a program that attempts to access an improperly aligned object produces undefined behavior. This means that the program is in error, but the exact consequences of that error are platform-dependent. With many processors, an instruction that attempts to access improperly aligned data issues a trap. With other processors, an instruction that accesses misaligned data executes properly but uses up more cycles to fetch the data than if the data were properly aligned...

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Casablanca: C++ on Azure—John Azariah and Mahesh Krishnan

Casablanca is a Microsoft incubation effort to support cloud-based client-server communication in native code using a modern asynchronous C++ API design. Think of it as Node.js, but using C++ -- from simple services, to JSON and REST, to Azure storage and deployment, and more.

Casablanca gives you the power to use existing native C++ libraries and code to do awesome things on the cloud server. In this talk from TechEd Australia, John Azariah and Mahesh Krishnan show how it's done.

Reminder: Bjarne Stroustrup live tomorrow in Austin, TX

Reminder: Bjarne Stroustrup is appearing live tomorrow in Austin, TX.

C++11 Style: A Touch of Class (Bjarne Stroustrup)

September 19, Austin, TX, USA

What principles, techniques, and idioms can we exploit to make it easier to produce quality code? This presentation reflects my thoughts on what “Modern C++” should mean in the 2010s: a language for programming based on light-weight abstraction with a direct and efficient mapping to hardware, suitable for infrastructure code. I will make an argument for type-rich interfaces, compact data structures, integrated resource management and error handling, and highly-structured algorithmic code. I will illustrate my ideas and motivate my guidelines with a few idiomatic code examples. I will use C++11 freely. Examples include auto, general constant expressions, uniform initialization, type aliases, type safe threading, and user-defined literals. C++ features are only just starting to appear in production compilers, so some of my suggestions have the nature of conjecture. However, developing a “modern style” is essential if we don’t want to maintain newly-written 1970s and 1980s style code in 2020.

ASIO: Portable Stackless Coroutines in One* Header—Chris Kohlhoff

Via C++ Next, hat tip to Dave Abrahams:

Chris Kohlhoff’s ASIO library contains an extraordinary little header, not in the public interface, but in the examples directory, that implements what he calls “Stackless Coroutines” (very similar to Python’s Simple Generators if you’re familiar with those). He does it completely portably, with just a few macros, and considering that there are zero lines of platform-specific code, they work amazingly well.

Dave cites this article that describes how to use the coroutines:

A potted guide to stackless coroutines

Keen-eyed Asio users may have noticed that Boost 1.42 includes a new example, HTTP Server 4, that shows how to use stackless coroutines in conjunction with asynchronous operations. This follows on from the coroutines I explored in the previous three posts, but with a few improvements. In particular:

  • the pesky entry pseudo-keyword is gone; and
  • a new fork pseudo-keyword has been added.

The result bears a passing resemblance to C#'s yield and friends. This post aims to document my stackless coroutine API, but before launching into a long and wordy explanation, here's a little picture to liven things up...

Free two-day event: Silicon Valley codecamp_12 for C++11

The page's own intro says it all:


C++ is Hot!

Mobile and cloud technologies are re-energizing interest in the uncompromising performance that C++ delivers and the new ISO/ANSI standard (C++11) introduces features that allow programmers to achieve that performance with ever greater expressiveness.

Join us as we discuss how to get the most out of Classic C++ and discover the new features of C++11 that are being delivered now by the latest compilers.

Sessions in this track are being given by award winning presenters. We will go beyond Procedural and Object-Oriented Paradigms to explore Generic Programming and Logic Paradigms. We will teach you how to write code in both Classic C++ and C++11 that you can be confident is performant, maintainable, and 100% robust in the face of exceptions. We will cover new C++11 features, including the new standard for threading and what Scott Meyer’s calls “the marquee feature of C++11,” move semantics. We will also introduce you to some powerful new tool sets, one from Microsoft and the other Open Source (Clang), for use with both Classic C++ and C++11.

Fall WG21 meeting: Register by Fri Sep 14 (this week)

Via Clark Nelson:

Final reminder: The registration page for the Portland meeting (Oct 15-19, 2012) closes after this Friday, September 14. If you're planning to come and haven't made your reservation yet, don't delay to get the discount room rate.

Registration page for Portland meeting

A few people have asked about reserving a room at the DoubleTree outside the range of dates acceptable to the web site. Just reserve what you can, and make your request for additional days in the "Special Requirements" box. Be advised that the DoubleTree is already all booked up for both Saturday nights, October 13 and 20.

More information about the Portland meeting: