17 July 2017

Review: The Complete Software Developer’s Career Guide

The Complete Software Developer’s Career Guide

With around 230 positive reviews (85% of five stars) (4.7 on the average), John Sonmez made a huge success when he published his first book “Soft Skills”. 2.5 years later we get another book. Can the new book continue his success?

Can it move you further with the career?

Bonuses today: giveaway and little Q&A with John.

Let’s see!

10 July 2017

C++17 in details: Attributes

C++17 features, attributes

“C++ Attributes… what?”

There were almost 40% votes like that in my recent Twitter survey. Maybe It would be good to introduce that little-known feature?

There’s even a good occasion, as in C++17 we’ll get even more useful stuff connected with attributes.


03 July 2017

Randomizing lines from a file, a tool in VC++ 2017

Writing a utility tool in VC++ 2017

Is C++ well suited for writing fast small utilities/tools?

Let’s see:

For my recent giveaway I needed a tool that would take an input file - CSV with data and then draw a few winners from all of the entries. To make things more complicated each entry might have a different weight.

Read more for the full description, my solution and experiments.

26 June 2017

C++17 in details: Templates

C++17 features, templates

For C++17 everyone wanted to have concepts, and as you know, we didn't get them. But does it mean C++17 doesn’t improve templates/template meta-programming? Far from that! In my opinion, we get excellent features.

Read more for details.

19 June 2017

Modern C++ Programming Cookbook Review

Modern C++ Programming

Since May 2017 we got one more book about Modern C++! A Few weeks ago I got a copy from Packt Publishing, and today I’d like to write a few words about the book. In short: it’s a very good book! :)

But let’s see what’s inside…

12 June 2017

C++17 in details: language clarifications

C++17 features, clarifications

The second part of my series about C++17 details. Today I’d like to focus on features that clarify some tricky parts of the language. For example copy elision and expression evaluation order.

29 May 2017

C++17 in details: fixes and deprecation

C++17 features

The new C++ Standard - C++17 - is near the end to be accepted and published. There’s already a working draft, and not that long ago it went to the final ISO balloting. It’s a good occasion to learn and understand what are the new features.

Let’s start slowly, and today we’ll look at language/library fixes and removed elements.

22 May 2017

Enhancing Visual Studio with Visual Assist

Visual Studio andVisual Assist

How does your typical coding session in Visual Studio look like?
What’s the first thing you do when you’re about to start coding?

Yes… let’s check Gmail, Youtube, Reddit, etc… :)

OK, please be more professional!

So, let’s assume my Visual Studio (2013, 2015 or 2017) is already started. What to do next?

15 May 2017

Please stop with performance optimizations!

Stop with performance optimization

As you might notice from reading this blog, I love doing performance optimizations. Let’s take some algorithm or some part of the app, understand it and then improve, so it works 5x… or 100x faster! Doesn’t that sound awesome?

08 May 2017

Curious case of branch performance

Branching, performance

When doing my last performance tests for bool packing, I got strange results sometimes. It appeared that one constant generated different results than the other. Why was that? Let’s have a quick look at branching performance.

01 May 2017

Packing bools, Parallel and More

Packing bools, performance tests, parallel

Let’s continue with the topic of packing boolean arrays into bits. Last time I’ve shown a basic - single threaded version of this ‘super’ advanced algorithm. By using more independent variables, we could speed things up and go even faster than no packing version! We’ve also used std::vector and std::bitset. Today I’d like to look at making the task parallel.

24 April 2017

Packing Bools, Performance tests

Packing booleans, bits

Imagine you have an array of booleans (or an array of ‘conditions’), and you want to pack it - so you use only one bit per boolean. How to do it? Let’s do some experiments!

18 April 2017

final_act - follow-up

final_act follow-up

Last time I wrote about final_act utility, and it seems I’ve opened a bit bigger box that I’ve previously assumed. Let’s continue with the topic and try to understand some of the problems that were mentioned in the comments.

10 April 2017

Beautiful code: final_act from GSL

Code function

Sometimes there’s a need to invoke a special action at the end of the scope: it could be a resource releasing code, flag set, code guard, begin/end function calls, etc. Recently, I’ve found a beautiful utility that helps in that cases.
Let’s meet gsl::final_act/finally.

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