All posts in "Expressive code"

Using toString on Custom Types in C++

Published June 6, 2017 - 13 Comments

“Give me a string representation of this object.” This is a fairly ubiquitous sentence in programming, that many languages express in one brief statement: Java has .toString(), Python has str and Haskell has show, to cite just a few. My goal here is to propose a concise way to also express this in C++. Note: after I wrote […]

Expressive C++ Template Metaprogramming

Published June 2, 2017 - 3 Comments
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There is a part of C++ developers that appreciate template metaprogramming. And there are all the other C++ developers. While I consider myself falling rather in the camp of the aficionados, I’ve met a lot more people that don’t have a strong interest for it, or that even find it downright disgusting, than TMP enthusiasts. Which camp do you […]

Strong types: inheriting the underlying type’s functionalities

Published May 23, 2017 - 4 Comments

This post is part of the series on strong types: Strongly typed constructors Strong types for strong interfaces Passing strong types by reference Strong lambdas: strong typing over generic types Good news: strong types are (mostly) free in C++ Inheriting functionalities from the underlying type Making strong types hashable Converting strong units to one another Metaclasses, the […]

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 […]

Restricting an interface in C++

Published April 7, 2017 - 6 Comments

My colleague and friend Jonathan came up to me the other day with this request: “Jonathan”, he said – you won’t have too many names to remember to follow this story – “Jonathan, how would you go about restricting the methods of an interface? We’ve got a class which we use in a broader context, […]

How typed C++ is, and why it matters

Published March 31, 2017 - 1 Comment

For the third time I attended the meetup of Software Craftmanship in Paris. And like the first time and the second one, it was superb experience again. This meetup lets the participants collectively choose the topics to be discussed. There I proposed to confront, as a group, the various languages that the people in the room knew (the […]

The Pi Day Challenge For The Most Expressive Code In C++

Published March 2, 2017 - 10 Comments

Each year, the fourteenth of March is marked by a very special event: Pi Day! It’s called this because in American notation, the 14th of March is 3/14. And during this day, the number Pi is celebrated all over the world in various ways. One notable way to celebrate it is bringing a pie to work or to university. […]