Videos from C++ track on NDC 2014

June 6, 2014

As the chair for the C++ track on NDC Oslo, I am happy to report that the C++ track was a huge and massive success! The C++ community in Norway is rather small so even if NDC is a big annual conference for programmers (~1600 geeks) and even with names like Nico, Scott and Andrei as headliners for the track, I was not sure how many people would actually turn up for the C++ talks. I was positively surprised. The first three sessions was packed with people (it was of course a cheap trick to make the three first sessions general/introductory on popular topics). All the other talks were also well attended. The NDC organizers have already confirmed that they want to do this next year as well.

NDC Oslo is an annual five day event. First two days of pre-conference workshops (Andrei did 2 days of Scalable design and implementation using C++) and then 9 tracks of talks for three full days. As usual, NDC records all the talks and generously share all the videos with the world (there are 150+ talks, kudos to NDC!).

I have listed the videos from the C++ track this year. I will also put out a link to the slides when I get them. Enjoy!

Day 1, June 4, 2014

  • C++14, Nico Josuttis (video)
  • Effective Modern C++, Scott Meyers (video)
  • Error Handling in C++, Andrei Alexandrescu (video)
  • Move, noexcept, and push_back(), Nico Josuttis (video)
  • C++ Type Deduction and Why You Care, Scott Meyers (video)
  • Generic and Generative Programming in C++, Andrei Alexandrescu (video)

Day 2, June 5, 2014

  • C++ – where are we headed?, Hubert Matthews (video)
  • Three Cool Things about D, Andrei Alexandrescu (video)
  • The C++ memory model, Mike Long (video, slides)
  • C++ for small devices, Isak Styf (video)
  • Brief tour of Clang, Ismail Pazarbasi (video)
  • Insecure coding in C and C++, Olve Maudal (video, slides)
  • So you think you can int? (C++), Anders Knatten (video)

With this great lineup I hope that NDC Oslo in June has established itself as a significant annual C++ event in Europe together with Meeting C++ Berlin in December and ACCU Bristol in April.

Save the date for NDC next year, June 15-19, 2015. I can already promise you a really strong C++ track at NDC Oslo 2015.

A final note: Make sure you stay tuned on isocpp.org for global news about C++.


A CppQuiz a day, keeps the debugger away!

December 19, 2013

C++ is a difficult language to master. Very difficult. It does not take more than a few days away from the keyboard before you start forgetting some of the details that will bite when you visit the dark and dusty corners of the language (sometimes because you work with code written by others).

Last month, Anders Schau Knatten officially launched a great tool for practicing your C++ language skills:

http://cppquiz.org

I recommend that you visit this site once in a while to challenge yourself. A good score on this quiz does not make you a great programmer, but it does suggest that you have a deeper understanding of the language than most. Being fluent in a programming language makes it much easier to avoid the dark and dusty corners so that you can concentrate on writing high quality software instead of spending time in the debugger.


Deep C (and C++)

October 10, 2011

Programming is hard. Programming correct C and C++ is particularly hard. Indeed, both in C and certainly in C++, it is uncommon to see a screenful containing only well defined and conforming code. Why do professional programmers write code like this? Because most programmers do not have a deep understanding of the language they are using. While they sometimes know that certain things are undefined or unspecified, they often do not know why it is so. In these slides we will study small code snippets in C and C++, and use them to discuss the fundamental building blocks, limitations and underlying design philosophies of these wonderful but dangerous programming languages.

Jon Jagger and I just released a slide deck to discuss the fundamentals of C and C++ (slideshare, pdf).


Solid C++ Code by Example

April 15, 2010

Sometimes I see code that is perfectly OK according to the definition of the language but which is flawed because it breaks too many established idioms and conventions of the language. I just gave a 90 minute workshop about Solid C++ Code at the ACCU 2010 conference in Oxford.

When discussing solid code it is important to work on “real” problems, not just toy examples and coding katas because they lack the required complexity to make discussions interesting. So, as a preparation I had developed, from scratch, an NTLM Authentication Library (pal) that can be used by a client to do NTLM authentication when retrieving a protected webpage on an IIS server. Then I picked out a few files, the encoding and decoding of NTLM messages, and tried to write it as solid as possible after useful discussions with ACCU friends and some top coders within my company. Then I “doped” the code, I injected impurities and bad stuff into the code, to produce these handouts. At the ACCU talk/workshop the audience read through the “doped” code and came up with things that could be improved while I did online coding (in Emacs of course) fixing the issues as they popped up. With loads of solid C++ coders in the room, I think we found most of the issues worth caring about, and we ended up with something that can be considered to be solid C++, something that appears to have been developed by somebody who cares about high quality code. Here are the slides that I used to summarize our findings. Feel free to use these slides for whatever you want. Perhaps you would like to run a similar talk in your development team? Contact me if you want the complete source code for the authentication library, or if you want to discuss ideas for running a similar talk yourself. I plan to publish the code on githup soon – so stay tuned.

UPDATE June 2010: The PAL library is now published on github. A much improved slide set is also available on slideshare.


C++ Idioms by Example

November 27, 2008

I read a lot of code. Often I like what I see, but sometimes I see code that is perfectly OK according to the definition of the language but which is flawed because it breaks too many established idioms and conventions of the language. There are plenty of really good books about this topic, but most of them start at a slightly too advanced level – they assume that the reader already know about the basic stuff.

I have tried to make a little contribution by illustrating some of the really basic C++ idioms and conventions using a contrived but still complete example. Please take a look at this presentation.

When presenting this stuff, I usually hand out the first code snippet to a group of people, then I do online coding while the group suggests improvements and we discuss why it is so. Interesting enough, it seems like we always end up roughly at the same place. This presentation is just one of several paths that might happen when a group decides what to improve or not.


Oslo C++ User Group

September 28, 2007

Oslo C++ User Group (ocppug) had their first meeting this week at The Scotsman. Twelve very knowledgeable men showed up for this meeting (Fredrik, Christian, Igor, Terje, Alf, Johan, Sergey, Samuel, Syver, Frans, Einar Otto and myself). The topic was C++0x, the up-coming C++ standard, hopefully to be finished by 2009.

I opened the meeting by giving a “Quick and dirty introduction to C++0x” (pdf, html). Einar Otto Stangvik provided a solid discussion about why multi-threading in a language not designed for concurrency is difficult. He gave a talk about “Threading in C++0x” (pdf). Terje Slettebø gave a talk about “Concepts in C++0x” (pdf) and he showed the reasons for introducing it into the language.

The meeting started at 1900, we finished the formal part of the meeting around 2130. Then we went downstairs to have some pizza, more beer and lots of good discussions. I really enjoyed this meeting, and I am already looking forward to the next meeting.


Building a C++0x version of gcc

August 26, 2007

I am really excited about the upcoming C++ standard, nicknamed C++0x. It would be great to have a compiler that supports some of the proposed features, instead of just reading about them. So I set out to build the C++0x version of gcc.

Here is a quick description that worked for me (OS X 10.4):

$ svn -q checkout svn://gcc.gnu.org/svn/gcc/branches/cxx0x-branch gcc0x
$ cd gcc0x
$ ./configure

This gave me the following error message:

configure: error: Building GCC requires GMP 4.1+ and MPFR 2.2.1+.

which I fixed by porting mpfr and gmp.

$ sudo port install mpfr gmp gmp-cxx-wrappers

and then I could configure, make and install like this (compilation takes about an hour):

$ ./configure --enable-languages=c++ --with-gmp=/opt/local --with-mpfr=/opt/local
$ make
$ sudo make install
$ /usr/local/bin/g++ --version
g++ (GCC) 4.3.0 20070628 (experimental)
Copyright (C) 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO
warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

Now I can write C++ programs and play around with new language features, such as static assertions, variadic templates, delegating constructors and decltype. I can also use some of the new library stuff, such as <regex>, <tuple>, <type_traits> and more… Cool!

Note, for some reason I get a warning during linking. It says:

/usr/bin/ld: warning can't open dynamic library: /libgcc_s.1.dylib ...

The code links and run so you can perhaps just ignore the warning, but here is a workaround that silence the linker:

g++ -Wl,-dylib_file,/libgcc_s.1.dylib:/usr/local/lib/libgcc_s.1.dylib foo.cpp

Have fun!