Nobody Understands C++: Part 11: Including Me (aka, Provide Consistent Semantics)

I just spent the better part of the day debugging an insidious little bug. It really shouldn’t have taken that long… I even had unit tests in place that covered the code in question! Right!?

Nobody Understands C++: Part 10: C++ Is Not an Object Oriented Programming Language

In the context of the rest of the Nobody Understands C++ series, I feel like this one is redundant. But it seems like it needs to be said. C++ is not an object oriented programming language. C++ is a multi-paradigm language that supports most of the major programming paradigms that have been widely accepted. Specifically, C++ supports:

Nobody Understands C++: Part 9: Error Handling

I was recently at a talk where the speaker was discussing the history of C++. He argued that one problem with C++ was that its design requirements included backward compatibility with C code, and one fallout of this was the requirement to support all previous types of error handling as well as adding exceptions. That is, C++ supports:

Nobody Understands C++: Part 8: Operator Overloading

There has been much discussion over the years about the usefulness of operator overloading in C++ as well as the ability to get it right.

Nobody Understands C++: Part 7: C++ Coding Standards

In case you find yourself asking where I get the stuff from that I blog about and wondering if I’m just making stuff up; many of the “Nobody Understands C++” articles on this website are inspired by principles found in the book “C++ Coding Standards” by Herb Sutter and Andrei Alexandrescu.

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.

Top 5 Myths About C++

We’ve now completed 5 articles in the “Nobody Understands C++” series so here we are going to recap the misconceptions we have covered.

Nobody Understands C++: Part 5: Template Code Bloat

On occasion you will read or hear someone talking about C++ templates causing code bloat. I was thinking about it the other day and thought to myself, “self, if the code does exactly the same thing then the compiled code cannot really be any bigger, can it?” Here are the test cases presented, first without the use of templates, second with the use of templates. Exactly the same functionality and exactly the same code output:

Nobody Understands C++: Part 4: Functional Programming

Standard Algorithms Few C++ developers seem to appreciate that the standard C++ library is actually designed around functional programming principles.

Nobody Understands C++: Part 3: Templates

C++ templates is a huge topic that we will not fully cover here. While we have covered templates in the past, this article will cover the very basics and the reasons why we would want to use templates.

Nobody Understands C++: Part 2: RAII

Understanding RAII is critical to understanding good C++ design.

Nobody Understands C++: Intro

This is going to be the first post of several, though I’m not sure how many just yet. The title of the post should be self explanatory, but I will elaborate. It is my strongly held belief that C++ is generally poorly understood and gets a bad rap because of this. It is also my belief that this is NOT the fault of C++, but rather the fault of old-school C++ developers who learned the language before the language was ratified in 1998.