Yes, C++ is evolving. 🙂 C++14 is almost here and C++17 is rising in the horizon. I find it amazing that so far all attempts to make language somewhat more friendly and safer looked like islands of resistance created by small teams all around the world. And they were disconnected. Coding standards, numerous books on good practices, – we saw them all. We have not seen the C++ father Bjarne Stroustrup saying anything on this subject. I obviously ignoring his book “A Tour of C++” and his conference speeches, but those were conceptually still islands in the ocean. C++ is huge, standard is 300+ pages, last Bjarne’s book is more like a monument to the greatness of C++, but can’t be used neither as a manual nor tutorial.
Here we go. New initiative from The Father to define good practices and guidelines for modern C++.
Here’s his deck from keynote:
Interestingly, right from the beginning they came up with “good library” called GSL. Static syntax validation tools is coming (good!).
Github link to GSL: https://github.com/Microsoft/GSL
His speech on this subject at CppCon 2015. I like Bjarne’s philosophical view on coding standards. Yes, we hate them! 🙂