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CppCon videos now even more widely available via Channel 9

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Video Availability Increased

As of today, CppCon 2014 session videos are available on Channel 9 at:

The videos were originally made available and are still available on the CppCon YouTube channel at:

After posting the videos on YouTube, we received requests for additional availability from countries where YouTube is not available. We’ve worked with Channel 9 to be an additional hosting site. Channel 9 is available in countries where YouTube is not, so this helps us in our goal of supporting C++ developers all over the world.

Channel 9 also supports downloading the sessions in a number of formats, including audio only, for offline use.

The CppCon 2014 conference videos feature are over 100 sessions of C++ content from many of the world’s best C++ experts, all professionally recorded and edited by Bash Films. We are grateful to both YouTube and Channel 9 for hosting our content.

How Microsoft is taking on the cross-platform challenge with Office—Mary Jo Foley

zaika-office.PNGModern C++, modern apps:

How Microsoft is taking on the cross-platform challenge with Office

by Mary Jo Foley

Summary: Microsoft's Office team has a new approach designed to allow it to share more of Office's code across not just Windows, but also Android, iOS and the Web.

Note: This is a 50-minute version of the same talk given at CppCon in two one-hour sessions. After presenting this at CppCon, Igor was invited to present the information also at Facebook's @Scale.

See also Dropbox's CppCon talk about how Dropbox uses a similar architecture, and moved to C++ to enable a single cross-platform source base after initially having written separate apps in Java for Android and Objective-C for iOS.

From the article:

Zaika talked about Microsoft's Office cross-platform architecture strategy at the recent Facebook @Scale conference. ... In his 50-minute session, Zaika detailed how Microsoft is building Office across Windows, Apple, Android and the Web by using C++. ...

The goal is to maintain a shared core of intellectual property — the guts of Office — all written in C++ and keep that shared core as large as possible. By doing this, risks of document corruption are reduced. On top of that core, there is a set of native UX application programming interfaces. ...

The goal of "write once, run anywhere" which technologies like Java, Flash and HTML5 were designed to try to solve by pushing the level of abstraction as low as possible or making application programming interfaces (APIs) very broad sounded good, Zaika said, but ended up creating impedance mismatch. Compatibility and interoperability problems, among others, arose. "Either you blew up, or the OS (operating system) blew up," Zaika said. ...

With a common C++ core, a thin native UX layer and evolving PALs, Microsoft is building its Office apps so they work on different OSes with fairly little tweaking required. Zaika cited PowerPoint as an example, noting that only four percent of its tens of millions of lines are unique to the WinRT/Universal version of Office (the touch-first Office release some of us have been calling "Gemini"). If the XAML code is excluded, the amount of shared code is 98.6 percent he said. The PowerPoint for Android code base includes 95 percent shared code, Zaika said.

A Video Interview with Herb Sutter on C++ Standards—Brian Overland

sutter-overland.PNGAt CppCon last month, InformIT recorded this video interview. It has now been posted: 

A Video Interview with Herb Sutter on C++ Standards

with Brian Overland

From the synopsis:

Herb Sutter ... talks with Brian Overland about how the standards committee evaluates proposals, the importance of being egoless, how to submit a proposal to the standards committee, why the committee decided to update the standard every three years, and the adoption of C++ in cross-platform mobile apps.

CppCon 2014 videos online

From the CppCon blog:

2014 Videos Online

We are announcing the CppCon Channel on YouTube with the first uploads of our video from CppCon 2014.

Our first videos feature our three keynote presentations from Bjarne Stroustrup, Mark Maimone, and Mike Acton; as well as our opening and closing plenary sessions from Scott Meyers and Herb Sutter. 

Over the next few weeks we’ll be uploading videos of most of the conference sessions including panels, lightning talks, and over one hundred sessions from the six tracks that made up the core of our conference program. The first two of our regular session uploads are from Michael Caisse and Thomas Rodgers.

We’d like to thank the speakers for allowing these sessions to be recorded and shared and Bash Films for the production of these videos.

A Conversation with Bjarne Stroustrup, Carl Hewitt, and Dave Ungar—Charles Torre

stroustrup-hewitt-ungar.PNGAn appetizer while the CppCon videos are being processed, we are pleased to link to this interview on Channel 9:

A Conversation with Bjarne Stroustrup, Carl Hewitt, and Dave Ungar

by Charles Torre

What happens when you put three titans of programming language design and computing in a room and turn a camera on to capture what takes place?

That's the thought experiment that led to this conversation with C++ language creator Bjarne Stroustrup, Self language creator Dave Ungar, and actor model creator Carl Hewitt. Thank goodness all three of them were present at Lang.NEXT 2014. Many topics are covered, as you can imagine. It's best that you find some quality time to watch, listen, and learn from some true masters. This is a long conversation and there is great programming history herein!

This is a rare (and very candid) gathering of some of the best minds in the programming world today.

Huge thanks to Bjarne, Carl, and Dave for spending over an hour to make conversation in real time. The topics naturally evolved out of the random and it was an honor to be in the room with such wonderful people who've had such a huge impact on programming.

Tune in. Enjoy.

Alexander Stepanov Introduces Bjarne Stroustrup at CppCon 2014—A9 Videos

cppcon-stepanov.PNGThe CppCon videos will start appearing soon. In the meantime, A9 Videos posted this introduction that preceded CppCon 2014's opening keynote by Bjarne Stroustrup. In six minutes, Alex Stepanov gives a great capsule summary of what makes C++ important, and why it will continue to be important for a long time yet.

Alexander Stepanov Introduces Bjarne Stroustrup at CppCon 2014

A9 Videos

A video interview with Michael Wong

At C++Now this and last year I recorded a short interview with Michael Wong:

A video interview with Michael Wong

The interview as a youtube playlist

by Jens Weller

From the Article:

I've started last year a video interview in Aspen - while at C++Now - with Michael Wong. This year I had the chance to finish the interview and I am now finally able to release it. Michael is a member of the C++ Committee for many years, he leads the Canadian delegation and also speaks for IBM at the C++ committee.

Exception-Safe Coding in C++—Jon Kalb

If you haven't sent a colleague to this site lately, why not send someone there this week?

Exception-Safe Coding in C++

by Jon Kalb

Safe usage of exceptions is a non-trivial problem that the industry has struggled with for the better part of two decades. If you have fear, uncertainty, or doubt about exception safety or just want to see the best practices for using exceptions in C++, this session is for you. We’ll start with “What is the problem we are trying to solve?” and discuss alternatives, acknowledge the challenges associated with exception usage, and cover some well-meaning but misguided attempts at safety. I will then present a set of guidelines that are the basis for safe exception usage and solid implementation techniques, including how to transition from an exception-unsafe legacy code base.

When we are finished you will know how to produce code that is easier to write, easier to understand, faster, and 100% robust in the face of exceptions.

... "To say that I learned a lot from that video would be an understatement! I LOVED the talk and I really think you need to either write a book about this or at least have an article/blog." -- Abi Ullattil

You and your colleagues can also enjoy a live and interactive updated version of this talk at CppCon this September. CppCon 2014 will feature an updated and interactive version of this talk, along with some 100 other high-quality sessions about C++ across many domains, from mobile devices and web development, to games and embedded systems (including the Mars Rover), to Parallel STL and TMP.

Making the Most of C++11/14—Sasha Goldshtein

New on Lanyrd:

Making the Most of C++11/14 (slides)

by Sasha Goldshtein

The C++11 standard is already behind us, and C++14 is just around the corner. With a huge variety of language features such as lambdas, rvalue references, auto and decltype, and variadic templates, it's easy to get lost in C++. In fact, it often seems like a completely new and foreign language. In this workshop we will look at the most important language features that improve system performance and developer productivity, with a glimpse towards what C++14 will bring. We will make the most of Visual C++ 2013 and see how to convert and refactor code to use modern C++ idioms.

Why C++ Sails When the Vasa Sank—Scott Meyers

Now available online, a nice talk by Scott Meyers about why modern C++ is alive and continues to enjoy life and growth:


Why C++ Sails When the Vasa Sank

by Scott Meyers

The Vasa was a 17th-century Swedish warship which suffered such feature creep during construction that it sank shortly after leaving the harbour on its maiden voyage. In the early 1990s, the C++ standardisation committee adopted the Vasa as a cautionary tale, discouraging prospective language extensions with "Remember the Vasa!" Yet C++ continued to grow, and by the time C++ was standardised, its complexity made the Vasa look like a rowboat.

The Vasa sank, however, while C++ cruised, and it looks likely to continue doing so even as the latest revised standards (C++11 and C++14) add dozens of new features, each with its own idiosyncrasies. Clearly, C++ has gotten some important things right. In this talk, Scott Meyers considers the lessons to be learned from the ongoing success of a complex programming language that's over 30 years old, yet very much alive and kicking.