The pImpl idiom is a useful idiom in C++ to reduce compile-time dependencies. Here is a quick overview of what to keep in mind when we implement and use it.
Writing maintainable, easy-to-read code
Keep simple data structures simple! There’s no need for artificial pseudo-encapsulation when all you have is a bunch of data.
Sometimes we need unformatted data, simple byte sequences. At first glance, std::string might be a fitting data structure for that, but it is not.
Now and then we have the need to call functionality that was written in C from our C++ programs. For that, we need to use and understand extern “C”.
Today I am happy to present a guest post by Alfredo Correa about covariant visitors for std::variant. Alfredo works at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he uses C++ to develop […]
We often use standard containers as members of our classes. In a lot of cases, the semantics we actually need is not equivalent to the semantics the containers provide.
Today we have another guest post by Phillip Johnston about error logging. Phillip is an embedded systems consultant specializing in bare-metal firmware development in C and C++. Embedded Artistry is […]
After having had to clean up some unusual #include techniques, I’ll put together some advice on how not to use #include – and how to use it.
Today, Matt Bentley writes for us about terse names in our Code. Matt was born in 1978 and never recovered from the ordeal. He has lived a long and interesting […]
Today, Patrick Mintram presents us with a guest post about design patterns in real life applications. Patrick has been in and around engineering for about 9 years, the last 3 […]