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Fun with C++14 Lambdas at Silicon Valley Code Camp

Believe it or not, but the 9th Silicon Valley Code Camp is less than 2 weeks away and I can't wait to be at the largest software technology conference setup by developers for developers---and here is the best part---at no cost to the attendees. So far, there are 234 registered sessions, 7 technical tracks, and over 3100 registrations. So mark your calendar--it's October 11th and 12th, Saturday and Sunday, as always.

C++ is hot again at SVCC and third year in a row there is a dedicated track for modern C++. There are 11 sessions covering a wide variety of topics related to modern C++ programming.

I wanna thank SVCC organizers who generously allowed me to present two sessions: The first one is titled: Fun with Lambdas: C++14 Style[video]. You may be following the Fun with Lambdas series on this blog and hopefully having some fun too! I'll present a sampling of the content discussed here with new insights. Check out part 1, part 2, and part 3 if you haven't already. Come…

Short-circuiting overloaded && and || using expression templates

This blog post is just a quick note that C++ offers (at least) two distinct ways to represent lazy computation that is lexically in the same scope but may execute lazily at a later time. In doing so, the computation must capture the local context (i.e., variables) so that it can be used later when needed. Clearly, lambda expressions are a direct language supported mechanism for that. Closures that come out of a lambda expression often capture the context and of course some behavior to be run later. The second mechanism is about 20 years old (as of this writing): Expression Templates.

Lets take an example of short-circuiting overloaded && and || operators. Regular overloaded && and || do not short circuit in C++. The reason is that before calling the overloaded operator &&, both the left-hand-side and the right-hand-side arguments of the overloaded function are evaluated. A function call is a sequence-point and therefore all the computations and the side-eff…