What about our emotional relationship with a specific programming language? C++ as example.

The emotional relationship between a developer and a programming language can be quite profound and personal, like to the relationship between a musician and his instrument. This relationship is shaped by various factors and experiences, leading to a complex mix of feelings and attachments.

Developers often feel a sense of comfort and familiarity with a programming language they have been using for a long time. They develop an intimate understanding of its syntax, semantics, and quirks, which can create a feeling of being “at home” when writing code. Emotional attachment to a programming language can fuel passion and motivation in developers. However, it can introduce some risks, like :

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Even the White House wants you to abandon C and C++, It’s time to focus on C++ safety and join the Bjarne initiative.

The C and C++ languages are no longer favored by the highest American authorities. Indeed, the White House wishes for developers to use memory-safe languages. In this report published on Monday, the Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD) of the White House invites developers to reduce the risk of cyberattacks by using languages without memory vulnerabilities. IT companies “can prevent the introduction of multiple vulnerabilities into the digital ecosystem by adopting secure languages,” the presidency said in a statement. It refers to those that are protected against buffer overflow, out-of-bounds reads, and memory leaks.

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Are you curious to know where the move feature is used in your C++ projects, on your behalf?

Move semantics is a feature introduced in C++11 that allows more efficient transfer of resources (such as dynamic memory) from one object to another. It addresses the inefficiencies associated with deep copying objects, especially large ones, by allowing objects to “steal” the resources of other objects when possible, rather than duplicating them.

Before C++11, when you assigned one object to another, a copy constructor or assignment operator would be invoked, resulting in a deep copy of the object’s data. This process could be expensive, particularly for large objects or those containing dynamic memory allocations. This feature is particularly useful in scenarios where performance optimization is critical, such as in high-performance computing, game development, and resource-constrained environments.

Move semantics introduces the notion of “rvalue references” and a new concept called “move constructors” and “move assignment operators”.

Here’s how it works:

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C++ is now a feature-rich language, Be aware of OverEngeniering

Being aware of overengineering is crucial when working with a feature-rich language like C++. Overengineering occurs when developers introduce overly complex or unnecessary solutions to a problem.

C++ developers could be attempted to use as possible the new features introduced by the new standards. which makes the code finally more complicated than it must be.

Here’s an example to show how C++ metaprogramming can be used to create a type-erased container with arithmetic operations that are evaluated at compile time. While this example show the power and flexibility of C++ metaprogramming techniques. it might seem complicated due to the use of templates, concepts and constexpr functions:

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Proposal for the next C++ standards

Modern C++ refers to the evolution of the C++ programming language beyond its original design principles, incorporating newer features, idioms, and best practices that have emerged since the language’s inception.

C++ is standardized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). C++ standards are typically released every few years, bringing new features and improvements to the language.

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Average experience of active C++ development Poll

C++ has a steep learning curve compared to some other programming languages. Its syntax and concepts can be complex, especially for beginners or those transitioning from higher-level languages. C++ may not be as beginner-friendly as some other languages, it offers unparalleled power, flexibility, and opportunities for those willing to invest in learning and mastering its intricacies. 

The level of experience, particularly with active development spanning more than five years, often correlates with a deeper understanding of C++ and its capabilities. Developers who have been actively working with C++ for an extended period tend to have a comprehensive knowledge of the language’s features, nuances, and ecosystem, enabling them to leverage its power effectively in various applications.

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Code Complexity Analysis with CppDepend Tool

CppDepend is a powerful and versatile tool for analyzing code dependencies in C++. It is designed to help developers, architects, and project managers get a better understanding of the structure of their code and how different components depend on each other. With CppDepend, it is possible to visualize the relationships between different classes, methods, and other components, as well as to identify potential problems, such as tight coupling, circular dependencies, and other issues that can lead to code fragility and reduced maintainability.

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Discover CPPDepend 2023.1: New Features & Enhancements

CppDepend, the leading code analysis tool for C/C++ developers, announces the release of its latest version 2023.1, with exciting new features aimed at improving code quality and maintenance.

The latest version includes a Maintainability Index, which helps developers assess the maintainability of their code. The index is calculated using various metrics, including code complexity and design, and provides a single, easy-to-understand score that gives developers a quick understanding of the state of their codebase.

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The Importance of C++ Distributed Build Systems

As C++ developer if you have already build a C# or a java project you could be surprised by the speed of the build compared to C++. For some C++ projects it could take few minutes and for others, it could take many hours. It depends on the project size.
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Is the Free Lunch Over? Revisiting Herb Sutter Prediction

Back in March 2005 when herb Sutter published its famous article “The free lunch is over”  and predicted a Concurrent Programming Revolution as big as Object-Oriented Revolution. And here’s a short explanation from the article about the prediction motivation  : Continue reading “Is the Free Lunch Over? Revisiting Herb Sutter Prediction”