Some time ago an intriguing article appeared on reddit: “Do Experienced Programmers Use Google Frequently?”. The author discussed if expert programmers use google more often than novice coders. He mentioned than using google is actually a good thing. It helps to find best solutions, validate ideas, speed the development. Google nowadays seems to be a crucial part of any developer toolbox. That reminded me of old times.
26 May 2016
24 May 2016
16 May 2016
12 May 2016
Some time ago I wrote about micro benchmarking libraries for C++ - here’s the link. I’ve described three libraries: Nonius, Hayai, Celero. But actually, I wanted to cover fourth one. Google Benchmark library was at that time not available for my Windows environment, so I couldn’t test it. Fortunately, under the original post I got a comment saying that the library is now ready for Visual Studio!
Let’s see how can we use it.
28 April 2016
14 April 2016
Visual Studio is my main development environment. I’ve been using this tool probably since version 2003…2005. I am really happy that VS is getting more and more powerful these days and you can also use it on multiple-platforms (through VS Code, for web or cloud apps). What’s even better - it’s free for personal use or if you’re a small company (Community Version)! Today, I’ve prepared some productivity tips that might make your life a bit easier when developing an app in this Microsoft IDE.
I target native app development, but most of the rules should be generic to other languages as well.
17 March 2016
Sometimes you can find interesting stuff in your past projects!
One day I was thinking about new post topics for the blog, but somehow, I got not much energy to do it. So, I just browsed through my very old projects (that are actually listed in my portfolio site). Memories came back and I decided maybe it’s time to refresh the ancient code files!
This time let’s go into Matrix!
03 March 2016
25 February 2016
18 February 2016
This time I’d like to tackle a bit more complex problem: SFINAE. I’m not using this paradigm on a daily basis, but I’ve stumbled across it several times and I thought it might be worth trying to understand this topic.
- What is SFINAE?
- Where can you use it?
- Do you need this on a daily basis?
Let’s try to answer those questions.
04 February 2016
Around one and a half year ago I did some benchmarks on updating objects allocated in a continuous memory block vs allocated individually as pointers on the heap: Vector of Objects vs Vector of Pointers. The benchmarks was solely done from scratch and they’ve used only Windows High Performance Timer for measurement. But, since recently I’m interested in more professional benchmarking libraries it would be good to revisit my old approach and measure the data again.
21 January 2016
07 January 2016
31 December 2015
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!
- And one sad news...
See my full report below.