New paper: N3721, Improvements to std::future and Related APIs -- Gustafsson Laksberg Sutter Mithani

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Document number: N3721

Date: 2013-08-30

Improvements to std::future and Related APIs

by Niklas Gustafsson, Artur Laksberg, Herb Sutter, Sana Mithani

Excerpt:

This proposal is an evolution of the functionality of std::future/std::shared_future. It details additions which can enable wait free compositions of asynchronous operations.

This document supersedes N3634: the title has been changed, and the proposed changes have been modified to be expressed as edits to the C++ Draft Standard.

New in this version: implicit unwrapping (one level) of future<future<R>> to future<R> in then().

... C++ suffers an evident deficit of asynchronous operations compared to other languages, thereby hindering programmer productivity. JavaScript on Windows 8 has promises (then, join and any), .NET has the Task Parallel Library (ContinueWith, WhenAll, WhenAny), C#/VB has the await keyword (asynchronous continuations), and F# has asynchronous workflows. When compared to these languages, C++ is less productive for writing I/O-intensive applications and system software. In particular writing highly scalable services becomes significantly more difficult. ...

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chico said on Aug 30, 2013 05:02 PM:

At Last!
Great paper.