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Is C++11 Uniform Initialization a replacement for the old style syntax?

I understand that C++11's uniform initialization solves some syntactical ambiguity in the language, but in a lot of Bjarne Stroustrup's presentations (particularly those during the GoingNative 2012 ...
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Does auto make C++ code harder to understand?

I saw a conference by Herb Sutter where he encourages every C++ programmer to use auto. I had to read C# code some time ago where var was extensively used and the code was very hard to ...
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Philosophy behind Undefined Behavior

C\C++ specifications leave out a large number of behaviors open for compilers to implement in their own way. There are a number of questions that always keep getting asked here about the same and we ...
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std::shared_ptr as a last resort?

I was just watching the "Going Native 2012" streams and I noticed the discussion about std::shared_ptr. I was a bit surprised to hear Bjarne's somewhat negative view on std::shared_ptr and his comment ...
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How to make the switch to C++11?

I've been programming in C++ for a while now, but mostly things centered around the low-level features of C++. By that I mean mostly working with pointers and raw arrays. I think this behavior is ...
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Is GCC dying without threads support on Windows? [closed]

I need some opinion. GCC was always a very good compiler, but recently it is losing "appeal". I have just found that on Windows GCC does not have std::thread support, forcing Windows users to use ...
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What does the latest “C++ Renaissance” mean? [closed]

There's recently some voice about C++ renaissance, among which the most noteworthy one is from Herb Sutter, Chairman of the C++ Standard Committee. You can search for "C++ renaissance" on Google and ...
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I am a beginner. Can I directly start learning C++11? or I have to learn old C++? [closed]

I'm a beginner and have only little knowledge in programming. Would it be good if I directly learn C++ from books which cover new C++11 or should I study through the old best C++ books? Should I ...
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Using scoped enums for bit flags in C++

An enum X : int (C#) or enum class X : int (C++11) is a type that has a hidden inner field of int that can hold any value. In addition, a number of predefined constants of X are defined on the enum. ...
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C++ strongly typed typedef

I've been trying to think of a way of declaring strongly typed typedefs, to catch a certain class of bugs in the compilation stage. It's often the case that I'll typedef an int into several types of ...
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Did C++11 address concerns passing std lib objects between dynamic/shared library boundaries? (ie dlls and so)?

One of my major complaints about C++ is how hard in practice it is to pass std library objects outside of dynamic library (ie dll/so) boundaries. The std library is often header-only. Which is great ...
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Deprecation considered harmful? [closed]

I've just been compiling some of my own code with the -std=c++0x flag in GCC, as I want to vaguely keep up with what all the young folks are doing (provided they stay of my lawn), and I ended up with ...
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Why would I learn C++11, having known C and C++? [closed]

I am a programmer in C and C++, although I don't stick to either language and write a mixture of the two. Sometimes having code in classes, possibly with operator overloading, or templates and the oh ...
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C++11 includes std::stoi, why not std::itos?

I noticed to my glee that C++11 has a std stoX family of functions for easily unpacking ints/floats/longs whatever from strings. I'm surprised however, that the opposite isn't implemented. Why didn't ...
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Motivation and pitfalls (?) of the auto keyword in C++11

I was recently wondering why the keyword auto was chosen in C++11 to mark a variable whose type must be inferred by the compiler, like in auto x = 1; Since var seems more common in other ...
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Is this a good pattern: replacing a long function with a series of lambdas?

I recently run into the following situation. class A{ public: void calculate(T inputs); } Firstly, A represents an object in the physical world, which is a strong argument for not splitting the ...
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Best overview to modern C++ paradigms? [closed]

I used to write C++ extensively between 8 and 10 years ago. I have since moved on to C# for professional reasons. However, from time to time I see statements like "If you're still manually ...
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Should I use the new C++11 'auto' feature, especially in loops?

What are the pros/cons to using the auto keyword, especially in for loops? for(std::vector<T>::iterator it = x.begin(); it != x.end(); i++) { it->something(); } ...
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Who is to blame for this range based for over a reference to temporary?

The following code looks rather harmless on first sight. A user uses the function bar() to interact with some library functionality. (This may have even worked for a long time since bar() returned a ...
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Style guide for C++

Right now I am using Google C++ Style Guide in my C++ code and I was pretty happy with it. Recently I was told that this guide is very bad: it is used internally by Google (I knew that), is outdated, ...
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How do you pronounce the '…' operator [closed]

Now, in c++ '...' became a first class operator. In speech, how do you pronounce it? So far I've heard: dot dot dot triple dot ellipsis related: Is it OK to replace ... with ellipsis in writing? ...
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Achieving forward compatibility with C++11

I work on a large software application that must run on several platforms. Some of these platforms support some features of C++11 (e.g. MSVS 2010) and some don't support any (e.g. GCC 4.3.x). I ...
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What is use of universal character names in identifiers in C++

The C++ standard (I noticed it in the new one, but it did already exist in C++03) specifies universal character names, written as \uNNNN and \UNNNNNNNN and representing the characters with unicode ...
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C++11 support for higher-order list functions

Most functional programming languages (e.g. Common Lisp, Scheme / Racket, Clojure, Haskell, Scala, Ocaml, SML) support some common higher-order functions on lists, such as map, filter, takeWhile, ...
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What is a good way to represent a many-to-many relationship between two classes?

Let's say I have two object types, A and B. The relationship between them is many-to-many, but neither of them is the owner of the other. Both A and B instances need to be aware of the connection; ...
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C++ serialization design review

I am writing a C++ application. Most applications read and write data citation needed and this one is no exception. I created a high level design for the data model and serialization logic. This ...
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Would Task-based programming in C++ require new language standard features?

So I saw this video on Youtube with all these C++ masters on GoingNative 2012 : Interactive panel where everybody could ask the questions. This is the video I was talking about: GoingNative 2012 - ...
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Message Queue for RTOS for microcontrollers

I'm currently writing an RTOS for microcontrollers. The whole thing is written in C++11 - if anyone is interested, and the link to the repository is at the bottom. Currently I'm writing a class that ...
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C++11 Header-only Library: in-class body vs. out-class body code?

BACKGROUND:optional Since 2002 I've been slowly building my own Windows Native C++ library. And let's just say that I have jumped 150KLOC (reusable code) having everything I need and the kitchen sink ...
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Should I feel “uncomfortable” using auto in C++? [duplicate]

C++11 features the new auto type declaration, allowing you to work with an object without ever knowing its actual type. I use only strongly typed languages - C++, Delphi (Object Pascal), Go, etc and ...
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Why is C++ backward compatibility important / necessary? [closed]

As far as I understand it is a wide-spread opinion within the C++ community that certain features of C++ (including some features inherited directly from C), while still usable in themselves, do not ...
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Will there be any official LINQ like lambda based library for C++?

Given C++('11) has lambdas now, will there be any LINQ like higher order function library officially supported later? Is there any such library now being used in any production level code? Obviously ...
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Key / Value store development porting to modern C++

I am developing a database server similar to Cassandra. Development were started in C, but things became very complicated without classes. Currently I ported everything in C++11, but I am still ...
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Unit test private method in c++ using a friend class

I know that this is a debated practice, but let's suppose that this is the best option for me. I am wondering about what is the actual technique to do this. The approach that I see is this: 1) Make a ...
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C++ Iterator lifetime and detecting invalidation

Based on what's considered idiomatic in C++11: should an iterator into a custom container survive the container itself being destroyed? should it be possible to detect when an iterator becomes ...
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Can a pimpl variation be implemented without any performance penalty?

One of the issues of pimpl is the performance penalty of using it (additional memory allocation, non-contiguous data members, additional indirections, etc..). I would like to propose a variation on ...
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Const means Thread-safe? [on hold]

I was put onto this video: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/C-and-Beyond-2012-Herb-Sutter-You-dont-know-blank-and-blank By http://codereview.stackexchange.com/users/39810/glampert Because I asked ...
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Intersection of geometric entities

I was trying to design a small C++ geometric API for learning purposes, but came across a problem when dealing with intersections of geometric entities. For example, the intersection of a line and a ...
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Can a compiled C++11 library (lib,dll,etc.) be linked in older C++ compilers?

Could older C++ compilers (e.g. VS2008 and gcc3.4) link with external libraries written in C++11? My thought is that the C++11 .lib files are just byte code at this stage, and it shouldn't bother the ...
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How to deal with pointers from child to parent?

I have a class that represents a file in specific binary format on disk (the parent in the title) and another class that represents an object inside that file (child). When the object changes, it ...
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C++11 Lambda vs Helper Member Functions

There are a bunch of methods in a class that I want to clean up. These just build up a data structure (with different values) over and over again and add them to a container passed in, like so: ...
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Move semantics in C++ - Move-return of local variables

My understanding is that in C++11, when you return a local variable from a function by value, the compiler is allowed to treat that variable as an r-value reference and 'move' it out of the function ...
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What are my options for using a C++11 library in a C# WPF application? [closed]

I am writing a cross-platform (OS X and Windows) desktop application in C++11. I intend to use the same C++11 core on both platforms, utilizing native frameworks for the UI (Cocoa and Objective-C on ...
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Too many parameters to data processing class constructor

I have a conceptually simple application: data comes in as small encrypted packets, they decrypted and validated, some are stored in the database, some rules are applied, and a reply might be ...
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Strategy for OS X and downlevel version of C++11 library?

I think I've found myself in a situation where things are quickly spiraling out of control, and I'd like to get some feedback to select a way to proceed. BACKGROUND I'm working with a library based ...
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Why lambda/closures expressions came so late to C++?

I was reading a really great Bjarne Stroustrup's article where he exposes some C++ myths. I look at code that focus my attention, because I wouldn't know that C++ supports this kind of expressions. ...
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New C++11 analogous to python 2 ->3?

I'm a Python2 developer and I just ordered The C++ programming language, 4th edition, from Bjarne Stroustrup's, to learn C++11. But right after I ordered it, I started to wonder if I made a mistake. ...
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What is the necessity to go for lambda functions and expressions in C++?

What is the necessity to use lambda functions and expressions in C++? Can you explain or show through examples how to use lambda functions and expressions? I already gone through the related ...
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How to setup the c++ rule of three in a virtual base class

I am trying to create a pure virtual base class (or simulated pure virtual) my goal: User can't create instances of BaseClass. Derived classes have to implement default constructor, copy ...
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What tool sets and applications have affinity with multiprocessor programming? [closed]

In grad school I took a class in multiprocessor and distributed operating systems. I think multiprocessor software development will become increasingly important and will be driven by the need to ...