Exceptions often get a bad rap. They are called ineffective, inefficient, and hard to work with. In a way such accusations aren’t unfair, as most languages have totally screwed up their implementation. […]
Double-checked locking is notoriously evil. While it can be a boon to efficiency, it’s tricky to do correctly. Lurking at its core are two issues fundamentals to multi-threaded programming. Even if you […]
Asking questions about performance online universally invites scorn and accusation. A large number of programmers apparently feel that the efficiency of code is nowadays insignificant. So long as the functional requirements have […]
I was looking through some questions on StackOverflow last week when I came across a curious answer. In it there was a link to a coding standard that forbade the use of […]
Objects are created, live for a while, and then destroyed. While creation is fairly clear, the when and how of destruction is fairly language dependent. In languages like C you’re basically on […]
A variable is is the most fundamental concept in programming. You can’t do anything without variables. Yet most languages let you gloss over what these actually are. Simplicity often hides the truth. […]
Casting in C++ is a confusing jumble of unclear and dangerous operations. It mixes unrelated concepts. It introduces ambiguities and redundancies. It’s an essential but flawed aspect of the language.
Multithreaded programming in a perfect environment can be frustrating. It becomes infuriating when dealing with a plethora of libraries each with their own notion of thread-safety. As concurrency has evolved so have […]
Efficient yet confused. Powerful but unsafe. So is the nature of C++ object allocation and instantiation.
C introduced it and C++ mastered it. The hellish world of implicit conversion and type promotion. A system which silently modifies, truncates, rounds, and otherwise mangles our variables.
“goto”: the demonized programming construct. This little expression allows you to jump to somewhere else in the code while skipping the expressions in between. Opponents say it leads to spaghetti code and […]
In the article on “How Polymorphism Works: Part 1” we learned how to create virtual functions. The method which we chose has at one significant problem with it: it requires a lot […]
Polymorphism: the core of object oriented programming. Most modern languages have some concept of interfaces, virtual functions, and classes. Though each language differs in details, and may have specialized concepts, the core […]
New languages try to improve the lives of programmers by simplifying some aspect of programming. Many make bold claims about eliminating certain types of errors, yet in the end none of them […]