Tag Archives: type system

Compile-time string concatenation

We will start with a bug, taken from real life. It spans across three files: Question: what happens when this program is executed?

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Toggles in functions

Have you ever seen a function call like this? We are processing something: this should be clear from the context. But what do these parameters mean? What is true and what is false? From the function call we will never … Continue reading

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More const — fewer bugs

I have just read article “Please declare your variables as const” by Bartłomiej Filipek. It argues that declaring your variables const is beneficial for reasons other than performance. In particular, it can help find bugs in your code. Now, let … Continue reading

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Another polymorphism

In this post we will try to see by a practical example what Boost.Variant is for. You can sometimes see examples that use type variant<int, double, string>, but to me they are artificial: I never needed to use something that … Continue reading

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Overload resolution

This post is an introduction to another one that I intend to write in the future. The goal of this one is to go over the concepts of function template specialization, function (template) overloading, argument dependent lookup (ADL) and overload … Continue reading

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More than you need

The classes you design can do more (in terms of allowed operations) than what you could figure out from just looking at their member function declarations. The C++ Standard defines a number of cases where certain expressions involving your type … Continue reading

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Efficient optional values

In this post we will see a library for storing nullable/optional values that can in certain situations replace and outperform Boost.Optional.

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