Embarcadero’s annual on line series of webinars is back again !
This time they’ve changed the format to make it a large number of smaller videos, allowing you to dip in and out much more easily.
There is an overall theme for each week.
For more about CodeRage 2019 (including the list of each of the active weeks and how to register) go to Jim’s CodeRage2019 Blog
One of the recent Embarcadero “CodeRage 2018” webinars was about some of the features in C++ 17.
This included some talk about the “auto” key word and associated encouragement to use it. I’m less convinced about using this in a carefree manner. When you declare a variable or (in C++ 17) a return value who is the sensible person to choose what type it is? The compiler or you?
It’s a great typing saver when you are declaring an iterator for one of the standard library containers (eg a vector). So use it for this.
But I’m not so sure about using it in cases where some careless modification of code might unintentionally change the type of a variable or return value. I feel (because I am used to it) that the strong rigorous typing enforced by earlier C++ standards (before the introduction of the “auto” keyword) is an advantage of the language not a disadvantage.
So yes, use “auto” but only WITH CARE.
Behind Embarcadero’s first class products are a strong on-line community and a company keen to keep it’s customer base bang up to date with what’s going on. One way they achieve this is an annual on-line event, “Code Rage. This is a free series of presentations that cover a very wide range of programming aspects. It most definitely is NOT a series of sales or marketing talks!
It’s free to anyone and registration is simple and quick. Once registered there is no obligation to attend any o the on-line events, but when you see the line up, why wouldn’t you?
To register, head over to Embarcadero CodeRage 2018
There’s an amazing new resource for anyone who want’s to improve their C++ programming skills available (for free) as the video replays from the Embarcadero “CodeRage 2017” sessions.
Simply go to the following You-tube video link:
CodeRage 2017 Replays (C++)