December 2015

} // good to go -- by Scott Meyers

Scott, we have appreciated all you've contributed to C++ over many years. Your first book, first edition, got me and many others grounded in C++. Thanks for all the pearls of wisdom, and "never say never"... perhaps we will enjoy new nuggets again!

For now, thanks for the kind observations about the worldwide C++ community today:

} // good to go

by Scott Meyers

From the article:

I'm only mostly retiring from C++. I'll continue to address errata in my books, and I'll remain consulting editor for the Effective Software Development Series. I may even give one more talk...

C++ status at the end of 2015, a user's view -- Bartlomiej Filipek

A lot has happened in C++ in 2015! As we close out the year, here's a retrospective from an experienced C++ developer:

C++ status at the end of 2015

by Bartlomiej Filipek

From the article:

Maybe I’ll be boring with this note, but again I need to write that this was another good year for C++! Here’s a bunch of facts:

  • Visual Studio 2015 was released with great support for C++14/17 and even more experimental features.
  • Long-awaited GCC 5.0 was released at the beginning of the year.
  • C++ gained a huge boost is popularity around July, 3rd stable place in the Tiobe Ranking.
  • At CppCon 2015 there were some really important announcements made.
  • C++17 seems to be just around the corner!

See my full report below...

Both keynotes from Meeting C++ 2015 are now online!

See Chandler Carruth and Lars Knoll giving the keynotes at Meeting C++ this year:

Both Keynotes from Meeting C++ 2015 are online!

by Jens Weller

From the article:

Great news: Since yesterday, both of the keynotes from this years Meeting C++ conference are on youtube! Both keynote speakers chose to speak on a specific topic, and delivered very well. There is also a playlist for Meeting C++ 2015.

CppCast Episode 38: Mesonbuild with Jussi Pakkanen

Episode 38 of CppCast the only podcast for C++ developers by C++ developers. In this episode Rob and Jason are joined by Jussi Pakkanen to discuss the Mesonbuild multiplatform build system for C++.

CppCast Episode 38: Mesonbuild with Jussi Pakkanen

by Rob Irving and Jason Turner

About the interviewee:

Jussi Pakkanen got his doctoral degree in computer science from the Helsinki University of Technology in 2006. Since then he has worked on various problem areas ranging from mail sorting to the software stacks of Ubuntu desktop and phone. Most recently he was the SDK lead developer at Jolla. Currently he is open for new development challenges. During his spare time he has been known to be a photographer, movie director, magician, gastronomist, computer game designer and watercolour painter.

boost 1.60.0 released

The boost community has released a new version of the boost library

boost 1.60.0

From the release note:

One new library was added:

VMD: Variadic Macro Data library, from Edward Diener.

Libraries with bug fixes and enhancements are:

Lexical Cast
Multi-index Container

Support for Android CMake projects in Visual Studio--Ion Todirel

Discover a functionnality of Visual Studio:

Support for Android CMake projects in Visual Studio

by Ion Todirel

From the article:

CMake is a cross-platform project generator that enables reuse of shared C++ code across multiple IDE and project systems.

We made a change to CMake to support our Android toolchain in Visual Studio. With this change, you can take your existing CMake project targetting Android, and with minimal modifications, you can have it open in Visual Studio, and benefit from our rich IDE experience for Android...

Fun with folds--Nick Athanasiou

Everything is in the title:

Fun with folds

by Nick Athanasiou

From the article:

A fold is a higher order function (a function that has one or more function parameters and/or returns a function) that is recursively applied over a data structure...

Overload 130 is now available

ACCU’s Overload journal of December 2015 is out. It contains the following C++ related articles.

Overload 130 / PDF

From the journal

Type Mosaicing with Consultables and Delegates

If several classes need to work together lots of boilerplate code is often needed. Nicolas Bouillot introduces type mosaicing to avoid this.

The Universality and Expressiveness of std::accumulate

Folding is a highly generic operation available through std::accumulate. Paul Keir goes beyond reduction, with the help of C++14’s polymorphic lambdas.
QM Bites – The two sides of Boolean Parameters
Boolean parameters are tempting but make life difficult. Matthew Wilson advises us to avoid them (almost) all the time.
Identify your Errors better with char[]
Error codes still get used instead of exceptions. Patrick Martin and Dietmar Kühl consider how to use char arrays for better information.
CPU Clocks and Clock Interrupts, and Their Effects on Schedulers
Instructions to sleep for a second almost never result in precisely one second’s sleep. Bob Schmidt walks us through the mechanics of why.

All Meeting C++ Lightning Talk videos are online

Meeting C++ just started a week ago, and I already managed to edit and upload all lightning talks:

Meeting C++ 2015 - all lightning talks are now online at youtube

by Jens Weller

From the article:

This year for the very first time we had lightning talks at the Meeting C++ conference. Two sessions with each 5 lightning talks were held...