Help the compiler warn you

And make less mistakes.

Help the compiler warn you

by Andrzej Krzemieński

From the article:

Compiler warnings are a very useful tool for detecting bugs in your program. Because you can enable them selectively, and because you can choose to turn them into hard errors on your compiler, you can in fact build a dialect, which is a safer subset of C++...

break and fallthrough—Andrey Karpov

A classic error:

break and fallthrough

by Andrey Karpov

From the article:

We would like to suggest reading the series of articles dedicated to the recommendations on writing code of high quality using the examples of errors found in the Chromium project. This is the second part, which will be devoted to the switch operator and, more precisely, to the problem of a forgotten break operator...

Guidelines for constructor and cast design—Jonathan MĂĽller

Interesting indeed!

Guidelines for constructor and cast design

by Jonathan Müller

From the article:

A while back — but sadly not too many blog posts ago — I wrote about explicit constructors and how to handle assignment. In this blog post, I made the assumption that you most likely want to have explicit single argument constructors.

But when do we actually want implicit single argument constructors?

Let’s consider the broader question: How should I design a cast operation for my user-defined type? And how should I design a constructor?

But first, something different: what is the difference between a cast and a constructor?