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The Curiously Recurring Template Pattern (CRTP)

Published May 12, 2017 - 11 Comments
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The Curiously Recurring Template Pattern (CRTP) is a C++ idiom whose name was coined by James Coplien in 1995, in early C++ template code. The “C” in CRTP made it travel the years in the C++ community by being this: a Curiosity. We often find definitions of what CRTP is, and it is indeed an […]

Good news: strong types are (mostly) free in C++

Published May 5, 2017 - 3 Comments

Strong types are a simple and efficient tool for improving code expressiveness, by letting you express your intentions better to both the compiler and to your fellow human companions. This post is part of the series about strong types, that keeps growing because it is such a rich topic: Strongly typed constructors Strong types for strong […]

To comment or not to comment? // that is the question

Published May 2, 2017 - 4 Comments

Comments are one of these places where religion meets technology. On one side there are the firm believers that good code is commented code, and on the other side stand the devout to the scarcest commenting chapel. We can’t discuss expressive code and not talk about comments at some point. Is code expressiveness an alternative to comments, or are the […]

Move iterators: where the STL meets Move semantics

Published April 25, 2017 - 3 Comments
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In C++11, a host of new features were introduced in the language and the Standard Library, and some of them work in synergy. Move iterators are an example of how the STL collaborates with move semantics, to allow expressing several important concepts in a very well integrated piece of code. Well, almost. By using the native features only, we don’t get […]

How to split a string in C++

Published April 21, 2017 - 14 Comments

How to split a string in C++? That is to say, how to get a collection of substrings representing the words of a sentence, or the pieces of data contained in a CSV entry? This is a simple question, but one which has multiple answers in C++. We will see 3 solutions, each one having advantages and […]

The design of the STL

Published April 18, 2017 - 6 Comments

As a logical part of the STL learning resource, here is how the STL has been designed, and how you can design your components to make them benefit from the power of the STL. The design of the STL has been driven by the intention of separating algorithms from data structures. Algorithms include: those in the […]