Nobody Understands C++: Part 6: Are You Still Using Pointers?

It is best to avoid using pointers in C++ as much as possible. The use of pointers can lead to confusion of ownership which can directly or indirectly lead to memory leaks. Even if object ownership is well managed simple (and difficult to find) bugs can also lead to memory leaks.



New Programming Language: Minnow

The second alpha of the Minnow programming language was released recently. Minnow is a new programming language designed around the idea of actors and using a new datastructure building paradigm called ligomorphism.



OpenSolaris 2008.11 Mini Review

I just installed OpenSolaris 2008.11 on VirtualBox 2.0.6. My initial impression is that it is a bit better than using the commercial Solaris, but it’s still no Linux.



My Blog: My Living Resume

The article “10 Essential Steps to Take BEFORE You’re Laid Off” at Get Rich Slowly has what seems to be set of great tips. I might be biased, however, because I’m already doing most of these tips. Tip number 3 stands out:



Dr. Dobb, Where Art Thou?

Even though I know that Dr. Dobb was never a real person, it seems like he needs to work on his magazine. For as long as I can remember Dr. Dobb’s journal has been considered to be the premier programming magazine. As a kid, learning to program, I wished that I could understand what was in the magazine. As a college student, I wished that I could afford to buy it. As a professional software engineer now, I am eligible for a free subscription to the magazine, which I have been receiving for a little over a year now. [img_assist nid=348 title=Dr. Dobb’s #416 link=popup align=right width=120]


Swig Starter Kit 0.0.3 Released - New Language Support

Release 0.0.3 of Swig Starter Kit was just released. This release adds support for the following languages:



Cruel and Unusual C++ Interview Questions

I do not, contrary to the opinions of some (rather weepy) individuals, ask interview questions like, “name the types of C++ inheritance” then flog the interviewee for saying “virtual, non-virtual, single, multiple,” because I was expecting “public, private, protected.” Indeed, it’s been more than two years since I last had the opportunity to interview, but when I did, I made sure of two things:



Automatically Setting Project Version Based on SVN Revision

While working on a project at work I decided that the most accurate way of monitoring deployed versions of my software would be to make the version number set to the SVN repository revision. After a couple of days trying to get it to work on my own, I came across the following post: http://www.mail-archive.com/autoconf@gnu.org/msg16718.html Which contains the snippet:



Swig Starter Kit 0.0.2

Release 0.0.2 of Swig Starter Kit was just released. This release sees the addition of template usage examples, including custom function templates and STL usage. Using a SWIG template declaration we are able to instantiate a specific template and use it from our script code.



Swig Starter Kit 0.0.1

I just put up the first release of a new project, Swig Starter Kit, on google code.