Articles & Books

Modern dining philosophers—Lucian Radu Teodorescu

How to solve the dining philosophers problem in 2018? By using tasks. And how to use tasks? Read on...

Modern dining philosophers

by Lucian Radu Teodorescu

From the article:

We give several solutions to the dining philosophers problem, each with some pros and cons. But, more importantly, we walk the reader through the most important aspects of using tasks to solve concurrency problems.

Instead of reaching for our higher-level frameworks, we opted to keep the level of abstractions as close as possible to raw tasks. This way, we hope to guide the reader to understand more about the essence of task-based programming. Our aim is to make the reader comprehend the machinery of composing tasks; those skills should be highly valuable.

The overview of C++20 Range view—Ryou Ezoe

Simple, good.

The overview of C++20 Range view

by Ryou Ezoe

From the article:

The latest C++ draft at the time of writing incorporated The One Ranges Proposal.

So what is a Range, anyway? The C++ Standard Comittee member, Eric Niebler, summarised it well in this article:

Eric Niebler – Eric Niebler

Actually, he summarised it all too well to the point that his code became almost unreadable to an average C++ programmer. One might say, it's practically useless. So this article serves as a quick tutorial for the Range view...

Quick Q: How to use auto keyword to assign a variable of type uint32_t or uint64_t in C++

Quick A: Write the type!

Recently on SO:

How to use auto keyword to assign a variable of type uint32_t or uint64_t in C++

I'm assuming you're working with the AAA style suggested by Herb Sutter.

In that case, a nice solution is to simply write:

auto variable_name = uint64_t{ 5000000000 };

This is clear, consistent, and explicitly typed with no nasty C-preprocessor necessary.

Swapping the Contents of n Variables—Paul Keir

Swapping arguments using a fold expression.

Swapping the Contents of n Variables

by Paul Keir

From the article:

C++11's std::swap is a binary function template which exchanges the contents of its two reference arguments. In C++20 std::swap will likely also permit execution at compile-time. In this post we consider a version which can swap the contents of an arbitrary number of arguments using a C++17 fold-expression...


Developer Ecosystem 2019 survey by JetBrains

In JetBrains we feel it is important to keep monitoring the changing patterns and trends going on in the Software Development industry. That's why we run this survey yearly, trying to better understand the evolving world of development.

Developer Ecosystem 2019 Survey by JetBrains

by Anastasia Kazakova

About the survey:

In 2017, when we first started, the numbers of C/C++ developers in the survey were quite low:

  • total number of C developers in the survey is 1174, number of developers who use C as a primary dev language is 166
  • total number of C++ developers in the survey is 1713, number of developers who use C++ as a primary dev language is 348

A year after we got more impressive numbers:

  • total number of C developers in the survey is 3371, number of developers who use C as a primary dev language is 1254
  • total number of C++ developers in the survey is 4763, number of developers who use C++ as a primary dev language is 2036

We've learned a lot about language standard usage, compilers, build systems, unit testing frameworks, and other important aspects of C/C++ development from these surveys. Help us make it again this year!

Functional Programming Is Not a Silver Bullet—Jonathan Boccara

Nothing is perfect.

Functional Programming Is Not a Silver Bullet

by Jonathan Boccara

From the article:

The past few years have seen a boost in popularity of the functional programming paradigm. Languages that were used mostly in academic circles for decades are now in broader use amongst programmers. And every couple of months, another functional language hits the news and gets its trail of followers.

Why is that? Functional programming allow for safer and more robust code, in part due to one of its core principles: values are not mutable. A consequence of this is that there is no side effects. We can apply this principle in any language, including in C++, by coding with the least side effects possible.

While it certainly helps putting together a better design of code, it’s important to realize that it’s not the panacea, that this principle doesn’t solve in itself all design issues. Nothing is the panacea anyway, but in this time of gold rush towards functional programming, we could be tricked into thinking it will automatically lead to good design.

Functional programming is known to reduce coupling in code. We’ll briefly go over what coupling is, what sort of coupling functional programming prevents, and how some other dangerous forms of coupling can still sneak in even with functional programming. You want to pay attention to those to preserve the design of your code...

Getting You There - Your C++ Standardization Efforts in 2019—JeanHeyd Meneide

You can also do it!

Getting You There - Your C++ Standardization Efforts in 2019

by JeanHeyd Meneide

From the article:

If you’re facing Financial Hardship, are a student, are self-employed, and have written a proposal that the chairs of the C++ Standardization Groups (Library Evolution, Evolution, Core, Library, Parallelism/Concurrency, and similar study groups) deem necessary to help move the language forward (in large or small ways), you can apply for Grant Assistance from the C++ Standards Foundation. If you have an employer but that employer will not cover the full cost, you have papers to present (yours or on behalf of others) and similar, you can apply for Travel Assistance.

I will talk about Travel Assistance, because that is what I have applied for and successfully received. A huge thanks to the Standard C++ Foundation for making something like this available! I can only hope that my work will continue to be things that they need, and that I can continue to write papers and do work on behalf of the C++ Community to move our various industries forward...