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Should I stop using the term C/C++?

I understand C and C++ are different languages but when I was learning C++ I was always told that C is a subset of C++ or C++ is C with classes. And that was quite true until the appearance of C++x0, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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C++11 includes std::stoi, why not std::itos?

I noticed to my glee that C++11 has a std::sto@ 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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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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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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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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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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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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Style guide for C++ [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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Object lifetime invariants vs. move semantics

When I learned C++ long ago, it was strongly emphasized to me that part of the point of C++ is that just like loops have "loop-invariants", classes also have invariants associated to the lifetime of ...
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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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Will destructing a large list overflow my stack?

Consider the following singly linked list implementation: struct node { std::unique_ptr<node> next; ComplicatedDestructorClass data; } Now, suppose I stop using some ...
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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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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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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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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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Compile-time checking for NULL initialized std::string

This is sort of the complementary question to How to best protect from 0 passed to std::string parameters?. Basically, I'm trying to figure out whether there is a way to have the compiler warn me if a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to optimize/parallelize the following clustering/joining algorithm:

I have relatively-small algorithm that takes up ~60% of the total run-time of my scientific code (57 lines of 3600), so I would like to find a way to optimize what I'm doing and make the code ...
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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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What are R-value references used for?

I'm trying to dig deep into C++ and really learn the nuances of the language but one thing I've found to be really confusing is the R-Value reference. The whole double ampersand thing to be clear (in ...
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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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How do .so files avoid problems associated with passing header-only templates like MS dll files have?

Based on the discussion around this question. I'd like to know how .so files/the ELF format/the gcc toolchain avoid problems passing classes defined purely in header files (like the std library). ...
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Const means Thread-safe? [closed]

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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Designing an in-memory table in C++

I'm evaluating my options to structure an in-memory database and I have a few ideas of how to implement it. I would like to know your opinion of what the best design choice is. I have a column class ...
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C++ returning persistent objects

I'm currently trying to learn best practices in C++ after coming from a C# background. I understand that there are three ways of handling objects: By value (objects are copied or moved when passed ...
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Refactoring numerical code for TDD and encapsulation

I am coming to terms with TDD, and the fact that I need to re-factor some code that I'm (re)writing. I am having a problem that I think is a classic conflict---TDD vs. encapsulation of private ...
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Simplifying C++11 optimal parameter passing when a copy is needed

It seems to me that in C++11 lots of attention was made to simplify returning values from functions and methods, i.e.: with move semantics it's possible to simply return heavy-to-copy but ...