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How should C++ Unit Test code be organized for maximum Unit Test efficiency?

This question is not about Unit Testing Frameworks. This question is not about writing Unit Tests. This question is about where to put the UT code written and how/when/where to compile and run it. ...
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typedefs and #defines

We all have definitely used typedefs and #defines one time or the other. Today while working with them, I started pondering on a thing. Consider the below 2 situations to use int data type with ...
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Is `catch(…) { throw; }` a bad practice?

While I agree that catching ... without rethrowing is indeed wrong, I however believe that using constructs like this: try { // Stuff } catch (...) { // Some cleanup throw; } Is acceptable in ...
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What are the best practices regarding unsigned ints?

I use unsigned ints everywhere, and I'm not sure if I should. This can be from database primary key id columns to counters, etc. If a number should never be negative, then I will always used an ...
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C++ for C# Developers

I know C# pretty well (self-taught, sadly) and need to do some C++ programming for a Windows application. I have been able to find a ton of information for C++ developers learning C# but haven't been ...
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What does it mean to do a “null check” in C or C++?

I have been learning C++ and I am having a hard time understanding null. In particular, the tutorials I have read mention doing a "null check", but I am not sure what that means or why it's necessary. ...
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Learning good OOP design and unlearning some bad habits [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What books or resources would you recommend to learn practical OO design and development concepts? I have been mostly a C programmer so far in my career with knowledge ...
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Why should I care about micro performance and efficency?

Many questions and answers on the C/C++ pages, specifically or indirectly discuss micro performance issues (such is the overhead of an indirect vs direct vs inline function), or using an O(N2) vs ...
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Why is sizeof called a compile-time operator?

Originally, this is a part of another question. Why is sizeof called a compile-time operator? Isn't it actually a run-time operator? And if it is indeed a compile-time operator, how does it help in ...
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Writing a lexer in C++

What are good resources on how to write a lexer in C++ (books, tutorials, documents), what are some good techniques and practices? I have looked on the internet and everyone says to use a lexer ...
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What should I know about C++? [closed]

I've recently started learning C++, and I enjoy it a lot. I've often read it's easier to write bad code in C++ than in most languages, and that it is a lot deeper than what it seems. As I'd like to ...
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Learning Python is good? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is Python worth learning? Is it a useful tool? Recently I have seen some videos from MIT on computer programming topics. I found it's really worth watching. Especially ...
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Why do we need to put private members in headers?

Private variables are a way to hide complexity and implementation details to the user of a class. This is a rather nice feature. But I do not understand why in c++ we need to put them in the header of ...
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University teaches DOS-style C++, how to deal with it [closed]

I had been programming for many years but wanted a diploma to make myself more employable. Having already been through university once, I didn't choose a full 5 year computer science major but a ...
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QT-C++ vs Generic C++ and STL [closed]

Been brushing up on my C++ lately, on Ubuntu QQ. I love the Qt framework for everything, especially building GUI's. I became quite familiar with it when using PyQt over the last few years. When ...
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Open source projects, how to choose? [closed]

I would like to join an open source project since I think I am good enough at programming to progress onto reading others code and to modify it. But the problem is, how would I choose an open source ...
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Why is #include <iostream.h> bad?

I was reading another thread where a guy asked about C++ books for beginners, and one of the programmers answering wrote this: Some warnings: avoid all books that present an "hello world" stating ...
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Are utility classes with nothing but static members an anti-pattern in C++?

The question Where should I put functions that are not related to a class has sparked some debate over whether it makes sense in C++ to combine utility functions in a class or just have them exist as ...
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Should a C++ program catch all exceptions and prevent exceptions from bubbling up past main()?

I was once advised that a C++ program should ultimately catch all exceptions. The reasoning given at the time was essentially that programs which allow exceptions to bubble up outside of main() enter ...
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Does modular programming affect computation time?

Everyone says that I should make my code modular, but isn't it less efficient if I use more method calls rather than fewer, but larger, methods? What is the difference in Java, C, or C++ for that ...
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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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Why can you have the method definition inside the header file in C++ when in C you cannot?

In C, you cannot have the function definition/implementation inside the header file. However, in C++ you can have full method implementation inside the header file. Why is the behaviour different?
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What is “friend” keyword used for?

Can you explain to me why the friend keyword is preferred for giving access rights to private data of class?
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Why do we have postfix increment?

Disclaimer: I know perfectly well the semantics of prefix and postfix increment. So please don't explain to me how they work. Reading questions on stack overflow, I cannot help but notice that ...
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How is major software protected? [duplicate]

I am a new software developer and I wish to sell my software. I recently realized that from C++ code we can not stop the user seeing parts of the code that are related to scripts or system commands. ...
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Why do all <algorithm> functions take only ranges, not containers?

There are many useful functions in <algorithm>, but all of them operate on "sequences" - pairs of iterators. E.g., if I have a container and like to run std::accumulate on it, I need to write: ...
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C++ Renaissance - marketing slogan? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does the latest “C++ Renaissance” mean? Lately, I hear a lot about C++ Renaissance. What is that? C++ is currently undergoing a renaissance. This ...
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Does low latency code sometimes have to be “ugly”?

(This is mainly aimed at those who have specific knowledge of low latency systems, to avoid people just answering with unsubstantiated opinions). Do you feel there is a trade-off between writing ...
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The rule of 5 - to use it or not?

The rule of 3 (the rule of 5 in the new c++ standard) states : If you need to explicitly declare either the destructor, copy constructor or copy assignment operator yourself, you probably need to ...
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Best practices for constants [closed]

How do you guys handle constants, especially in Java (static final) and C++ (define)? Do you use dedicated headers (C++) or classes (Java) for all constants? Do you turn all literal values into ...
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C++ - Constructor or Initialize Method to Startup [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Avoid having an initialization method I want to determine when to do non-trivial initialization of a class. I see two times to do initialization: constructor and other ...
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In general, is it worth using virtual functions to avoid branching?

There seems to be rough equivalents of instructions to equate to the cost of a branch miss virtual functions have a similar tradeoff: instruction vs. data cache miss optimization barrier If ...
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How to migrate my thinking from C++ to C#

I am an experienced C++ developer, I know the language in great details and have used some of its specific features intensively. Also, I know principles of OOD and design patterns. I am now learning ...
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Class Versus Struct

In C++ and other influenced languages there is a construct called Structure (struct), and another called the class. Both are capable of holding functions and variables. Some differences are: Class ...
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Should I Learn C/C++ Even If I Just Want To Do Web Programming? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I don't know C. And why should I learn it? My goal is to be able to create online apps and dynamic, database driven websites. For instance, if in the future I get ...
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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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When to import names into the global namespace? (using x::y, from x import y etc.)

I've been programming in various languages for about 10 years now. And I still haven't figured out when it is a good idea to import something into the global namespace (using x::y in C++, from x ...
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C/C++ Best indentation length? [closed]

I was reading a Vim tutorial ( http://www.oualline.com/vim-cook.html#drawing ), and came across this: This is very useful if you use a 4 space indentation for your C or C++ programs. (Studies at ...
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Deploying Qt-based app on Mac OS X

I wrote a cross platform application and I distributed it successfully for Windows and Linux (and tested them on "clean" virtual systems, with no other additional software and/or libraries installed). ...
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Stroustrup and the C++ complexity admission [closed]

I heard from a friend that Bjarne Stroustroup admitted that he doesn't know entirely the C++ programming language due to its vast complexity Is it true and there's some referrable sources or is it ...
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How do you usually compile C/C++ source code ? (Large code bases) [closed]

It's been quite some times since I began learning C and C++ but I've been very limited only to the Windows platform and the Visual Studio environment. Recently, I wanted to look into some open source ...
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What is a 'Null Terminated String' ?

I have just started reading C++, and I came across a term "Null Terminated String", I read about it but couldn't understand what it actually stands for. I also want to know what is the difference ...
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What are the arguments for/against Code Generation?

I'm in a position where we've got some brittle code that constructs SQL-like queries via text concatenation with parameters for inputs. The data source that it queries is fast and scalable but lacking ...
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Storing a pass-by-reference parameter as a pointer - Bad practice?

I recently came across the following pattern in an API I've been forced to use: class SomeObject { public: // Constructor. SomeObject(bool copy = false); // Set a value. void ...
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Is it a good idea to “#define me (*this)”?

This macro can be defined in some global header, or better, as a compiler command line parameter: #define me (*this) And some usage example: some_header.h: inline void Update() { /* ... */ } ...
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Why do books say, “the compiler allocates space for variables in memory”?

Why do books say, "the compiler allocates space for variables in memory". Isn't it the executable which does that? I mean, for example, if I write the following program, #include <iostream> ...
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Is it a good habit to use C expressions in C++ code?

At school we started learning C this year, despite the fact I'm way ahead of class, and I learned Java, C++ and C while the class is at the base of C. Anyhow, I've been documenting myself, reading ...
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Object Oriented Programming: getters/setters or logical names

I'm currently thinking about an interface to a class I'm writing. This class contains styles for a character, for example whether the character is bold, italic, underlined, etc. I've been debating ...
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Does C# give you “less rope to hang yourself” than C++? [closed]

Joel Spolsky characterized C++ as "enough rope to hang yourself". Actually, he was summarizing "Effective C++" by Scott Meyers: It's a book that basically says, C++ is enough rope to hang ...
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Studies on code documentation productivity gains/losses

After much searching, I have failed to answer a basic question pertaining to an assumed known in the software development world: WHAT IS KNOWN: Enforcing a strict policy on adequate code ...