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Will a profound knowledge of C++ help you in learning other languages faster/easier? [closed]

Is there a possibility that someone who has learned all the key aspects of C++ and knows the fundamentals of the language very well, will learn other languages (such as, Python, Perl, Java) faster and ...
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Needs (in principle) C++ parenthesis around if statement condition?

In current C++ when body of if statements contain only one command then: Parenthesis around if condition are mandatory but block are optional. So, both examples are OK: if ( condition ) { return 0; ...
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How to make max-heap stable with counter and account for counter overflow?

Generally I need size-efficient data structure similar to std::priority_queue but stable (preserving order of insertion). By adding just 4 bytes to the object I could have 1 byte serving as priority ...
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Why are there no package management systems for C and C++? [closed]

There are some programming languages for which exist their own package management systems: CTAN for TeX CPAN for Perl Pip & Eggs for Python Maven for Java cabal for Haskell Gems for Ruby Is ...
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Is it always safe to shift bool values?

I stumbled about a Cppcheck warning (an inconclusive one), that I mistakenly used & instead of &&: /// @param code identifies the command. Only the lower 16 bits of are being processed ...
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Defining resource allocation in method documentation

I want to write a library with "no resource leak guarantee" feature. So I shall know whether each method allocates any resource or not. It may change the code. For example: void foo() { ...
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Why are pointers not recommended when coding with C++

I read from somewhere that when using C++ it is recommended not to use pointers. Why is pointers such a bad idea when you are using C++. For C programmers that are used to using pointers, what is the ...
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How to deal with historic exception specifications in maintained C++ code

Today, I discovered a few exception specifications in legacy code I've to maintain, when Cppcheck 1.68 ([Inconclusive] but correctly) pointed out that the specified exceptions are not handled in ...
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How to organize points on a sphere in bins and navigate between bins?

I'm having trouble coming up with a suitable way to navigate through a set of star coordinates in the Equatorial Coordinate System. My goal is to display those which are within a given range of ...
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Requesting information regarding the use of MUI vs. the use of GetText for i18n/L10n of Windows desktop applications

I have spent the past two days investigating which technology I will use to support translations of text strings (as part of an overall internationalization migration) for an archaic (VC6) Windows ...
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Use of raw pointer of std::vector

I am currently maintaining a code that makes liberal use of raw pointers where std::vector would be a better option. Worse, these pointers are not always properly handled (when run using Intel ...
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If you favor “T *var”, do you ever write “T*”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: int* i; or int *i; or int * i; Thinking about where we place our asterisks; how do those that prefer to keep the "pointerness" away from the type and with the identifier ...
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Is it possible to save and load a decorated object

I am wondering if there is an easy way to save and load a decorated object in c++ as i have never done file handling in C++ before. Currently the only object type I need to save is objects that ...
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Unsure about the decorator design pattern

I'm fairly new at using design patterns and I am currently making a small game for my uni course that I have to use the decorator pattern for creating the different classes of NPC however I think that ...
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What is the use-case to use C++ friend class?

I am trying to understand C++ friend. When is the good use case to use friend? I suppose if we want to let another class have access to another classes attributes, why don't we just make it as public ...
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What is different between the internal design of Java and C++ that lets C++ have multiple inheritance? [duplicate]

It's drilled into the newbie Java programmers that Java (pre-Java 8) has no multiple class inheritance, and only multiple interface inheritance, because otherwise you run into diamond inheritance ...
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Mailbox Pattern with Variable Arguments in C++

In a game I'm developing, the GUI thread is catching user actions, and the simulation thread is responsible of handling and responding to them. To minimize complexity and delay, I predefined all ...
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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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Should I use friend classes in C++ to allow access to hidden members?

Here is my situation (a simple example). Say I have a class called HiddenData Then I have another class called StoreHiddenData And finaly a class called OperateHiddenData Here's the thing, my ...
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How to Keep Track of Thread Safe Code in a mostly Thread Unsafe Legacy Rich C++ Code Base

For large legacy C++ code bases, notions like Herb Sutter's "const means threadsafe" don't seem to help much, because there can be an overwhelming amount of code in const functions which are modifying ...
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How do you decide member objects?

So OOP is about breaking down functionality, making each class responsible for one thing etc. But let's take the example where an object is using another object. First thing that comes to mind ...
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Is the rule of 5 a valid extension of the rule of 3, or does it imply premature optimization?

I'm familiar with the notion in c++ of the rule of 3, however since the release of C++11 I've seen some sources suggesting it should be extended to a "rule of 5", I.e. the move constructor and move ...
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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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The difference between *s.pd and s->pd

I was reading about copy constructors for structs and i found this example: #include <iostream> #include <string> using namespace std; struct SomeData { int * pd; string id; ...
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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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Passing by argument vs keeping it as a member

I really cannot decide what option is the best, I see plenty of down/upsides to both approaches and right now I'm undecided. For example; class DX11GBuffer { public: DX11GBuffer(ID3D11DevicePtr ...
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How to use multiple programming languages together in the same program? [closed]

Such a simple question, but I have not found a reasonable answer to this. I currently program in Python, an interpreted language. I always hear of people using multiple languages in the same program? ...
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Non-Object Oriented Programming in Object Oriented Language [closed]

Recently I was assigned a task of creating a calculator with functions addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and power using Object Oriented Programming. I successfully completed this task. ...
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Correctly disposing objects upon server termination

I am working on a large C++ project. It consists in a server that exposes a REST API, providing a simple and user-friendly interface for a very broad system comprising many other servers. The codebase ...
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Application qos involving priority and bandwidth

Our manager wants us to do applicaiton qos which is quite different from the well-known system qos. We have many services of three types, they have priorites, the manager wants to suspend low priority ...
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Why define struct in variable?

Consider the following program: Many people when they want to use a struct, they create a new variable as: struct structureName variableName While it works when you just define it as: ...
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Most efficient/cleanest way to Kill a recursive thread safely

I have a number of worker threads which all perform a flood-fill task on different regions of a bitmap. They all make calls to a recursive sub-routine with different parameters(coordinates). Fyi, I am ...
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OpenGL vs OpenCV for beginner [closed]

I am a freshman college student currently learning C++ programming. I am good at math and physics, so I am looking to specialize in 2D/3D graphics with OpenGL. My question is about the differences ...
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Performance and other issues with using floating point types in C++

Being interested in C++ performance programming there is one aspect I really have no clue about- and that is the implications of using floating point calculations vs doubles vs normal integer ...
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Passing parameters that need to be copied by value or const reference

I have a basic (mathematical) vector class, which in my opinion benefits from C++'s operator overloading. Vector-scalar operations are defined as self-modifying functions in the class itself, class ...
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Isn't there a chicken-and-egg issue since GCC is written in C++ itself?

Since 4.8 release, the C++ compiler GCC (the G++ part of it) is written not in C anymore, but in C++ itself. I have a hypothetical question on this. I wonder how to compile the C++ code of GCC on a ...
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Introducing function waypoints to protect device [closed]

Defining a magic pointer or counter inside a program / class and checking for a fixed value before executing critical commands is a way to generate a barrier against wrong execution. This check is ...
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Allow iteration of an internal vector without leaking the implementation

I have a class that represents a list of people. class AddressBook { public: AddressBook(); private: std::vector<People> people; } I want to allow clients to iterate over the vector of ...
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Early destruction of objects in c++

I am not sure if this is the right forum of this question, but I will try here since this question about the c++ language. The problem: I use one global variable in my code which is a graphics ...
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Use cases and usage patterns of futures vs callbacks

I've become interested in futures lately, mostly due to their inclusion in standard C++ - but I see there is an active debate over futures vs. callbacks in many programming areas, such as Node.js. ...
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Which design pattern restricts limits class creation to certain classes

I have a fairly simple application that is divided into two classes. The first class is the Manager class and the second class is the employee class. These are simple classes and do not inherit from ...
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What can C++ do that Python cannot? [closed]

I was reading this post: http://www.quora.com/What-are-the-advantages-of-Python-over-C++ And I am wondering the converse of this question: what can C++ do that Python cannot? For example, in the ...
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Intermediate results as variables or only base values?

I have a object which has a few base variables (integers as example) and one intermediate variable for further processing. The intermediate variable can be calculated from the base vars. Now the ...
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Preferred way of handling errors when loading an object from a file

If I want to load an object from a file, there are a number of things that can go wrong. Thus, one needs a way of handling errors when doing so. In some languages, like haskell, one can return a Maybe ...
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Should an object load itself?

although I'm programming in C++ for some time now, I'm always faced with design decisions (probably due to the language's flexibility). One such problem is deciding if a method should be part of the ...
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Why are constructors not inherited?

I am confused as to what the problems could be if a constructor was inherited from a base class. Cpp Primer Plus says, Constructors are different from other class methods in that they create ...
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What programming problems are best solved by using pointers? [on hold]

Well, I basically understand how to use pointers, but not how best to use them in order to do better programming. What are good projects or problems to resolve involving the use of pointers so I can ...
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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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Unique_ptr to hold memory for custom VM

I work for a company that use a custom DSL and my job is to port the VM to C++. I'm trying to do this in compliance with the C++11 standard so i use auto when appropriate, the new for syntax, etc. ...
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How to solve the problem of nested comments

It appears in not just one language that comments can't be nested. Do you have a good solution for this problem? One workaround in C/C++ and Java is to only use the single-line comment but it becomes ...