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More C++ Idioms

PrefaceEdit

More C++ Idioms C++ has indeed become too "expert friendly" -- Bjarne Stroustrup, The Problem with Programming, Technology Review, Nov 2006.

Stroustrup's saying is true because experts are intimately familiar with the idioms in the language. With the increase in the idioms a programmer understands, the language becomes friendlier to him or her. The objective of this open content book is to present modern C++ idioms to programmers who have moderate level of familiarity with C++, and help elevate their knowledge so that C++ feels much friendlier to them. It is designed to be an exhaustive catalog of reusable idioms that expert C++ programmers often use while programming or designing using C++. This is an effort to capture their techniques and vocabulary into a single work. This book describes the idioms in a regular format: Name-Intent-Motivation-Solution-References, which is succinct and helps speed learning. By their nature, idioms tend to have appeared in the C++ community and in published work many times. An effort has been made to refer to the original source(s) where possible; if you find a reference incomplete or incorrect, please feel free to suggest or make improvements.

The world is invited to catalog reusable pieces of C++ knowledge (similar to the book on design patterns by GoF). The goal here is to first build an exhaustive catalog of modern C++ idioms and later evolve it into an idiom language, just like a pattern language. Finally, the contents of this book can be redistributed under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

Aimed toward: Anyone with an intermediate level of knowledge in C++ and supported language paradigms

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Table of ContentsEdit

Note: synonyms for each idiom are listed in parentheses.

  1. Adapter Template TODO
  2. Address Of 75% developed  as of 9 Oct 2011
  3. Algebraic Hierarchy 75% developed  as of 12 June 2008
  4. Attach by Initialization 75% developed  as of 22 Oct 2011
  5. Attorney-Client 75% developed  as of 9 Oct 2011
  6. Barton-Nackman trick 75% developed  as of 21 Feb 2011
  7. Base-from-Member 75% developed  as of 6 August 2007
  8. Boost mutant 75% developed  as of 9 May 2010
  9. Calling Virtuals During Initialization 75% developed  as of 6 August 2007
  10. Capability Query 100% developed  as of 21 Feb 2011
  11. Checked delete 75% developed  as of 15 August 2007
  12. Clear-and-minimize 75% developed  as of 10 August 2007
  13. Coercion by Member Template 100% developed  as of 14 August 2007
  14. Computational Constructor 75% developed  as of 9 Oct 2011
  15. Concrete Data Type 75% developed  as of 17 March 2008
  16. Const auto_ptr 75% developed  as of 15 August 2007
  17. Construct On First Use 75% developed  as of 6 August 2007
  18. Construction Tracker 75% developed  as of 6 August 2007
  19. Copy-and-swap 75% developed  as of 10 August 2007
  20. Copy-on-write 100% developed  as of 20 May 2009
  21. Intrusive reference counting (Counted Body) 75% developed  as of 16 November 2007
  22. Covariant Return Types TODO
  23. Curiously Recurring Template Pattern (CRTP) 75% developed  as of 6 August 2007
  24. Non-intrusive reference counting (Detached Counted Body) 0% developed  as of 2nd March 2011 TODO
  25. Empty Base Optimization (EBO) 75% developed  as of 9 Oct 2011
  26. enable-if 75% developed  as of 21 Feb 2011
  27. Envelope Letter 75% developed  as of 1 February 2008 TODO
  28. Erase-Remove 75% developed  as of 17 November 2007
  29. Execute-Around Pointer 75% developed  as of 6 August 2007
  30. Exploding Return Type TODO
  31. Export Guard Macro TODO
  32. Expression-template 75% developed  as of 6 August 2007
  33. Fake Vtable TODO
  34. Fast Pimpl 0% developed  as of 6 August 2007 TODO
  35. Final Class 75% developed  as of 10 May 2010
  36. Free Function Allocators75% developed  as of 18 June 2014
  37. Function Object TODO
  38. Generic Container Idioms 75% developed  as of 22 November 2007
  39. Hierarchy Generation TODO
  40. Include Guard Macro 75% developed  as of 3 November 2007
  41. Inline Guard Macro 75% developed  as of 3 November 2007
  42. Inner Class 75% developed  as of 31 August 2007
  43. Int-To-Type 75% developed  as of 21 September 2008
  44. Interface Class 75% developed  as of 6 January 2008
  45. Iterator Pair 100% developed  as of 28 October 2007
  46. Making New Friends 75% developed  as of 5 January 2008
  47. Metafunction 75% developed  as of 15 September 2008
  48. Move Constructor 100% developed  as of 13 August 2007
  49. Multi-statement Macro 75% developed  as of 16 February 2008
  50. Member Detector 75% developed  as of 10 May 2010
  51. Named Constructor 75% developed  as of 28 September 2008
  52. Named External Argument TODO
  53. Named Loop (labeled loop) 75% developed  as of 9 May 2010
  54. Named Parameter 75% developed  as of 11 May 2010
  55. Named Template Parameters TODO
  56. Nifty Counter (Schwarz Counter) 75% developed  as of 6 August 2007
  57. Non-copyable Mixin 75% developed  as of 6 August 2007
  58. Non-member Non-friend Function 0% developed  as of 10 March 2008 TODO
  59. Non-throwing swap 75% developed  as of 9 January 2008
  60. Non-Virtual Interface (NVI, Public Overloaded Non-Virtuals Call Protected Non-Overloaded Virtuals) 75% developed  as of 12 June 2008
  61. nullptr 75% developed  as of 3 November 2007
  62. Object Generator 75% developed  as of 14 September 2008
  63. Object Template TODO
  64. Parameterized Base Class (Parameterized Inheritance) 75% developed  as of 6 August 2007
  65. Pimpl (Handle Body, Compilation Firewall, Cheshire Cat) 0% developed  as of 2nd March 2011
  66. Policy Clone (Metafunction wrapper) 100% developed  as of 14 August 2007
  67. Policy-based Design TODO
  68. Polymorphic Exception 75% developed  as of 28 September 2008
  69. Polymorphic Value Types 0% developed  as of 24 June 2012 TODO
  70. Recursive Type Composition TODO
  71. Requiring or Prohibiting Heap-based Objects
  72. Resource Acquisition Is Initialization (RAII, Execute-Around Object, Scoped Locking) 100% developed  as of 6 November 2007
  73. Resource Return 75% developed  as of 3 November 2007
  74. Return Type Resolver 75% developed  as of 10 May 2010
  75. Runtime Static Initialization Order Idioms 75% developed  as of 6 August 2007
  76. Safe bool 75% developed  as of 6 August 2007
  77. Scope Guard 100% developed  as of 14 August 2007
  78. Substitution Failure Is Not An Error (SFINAE) 75% developed  as of 12 May 2012
  79. Shortening Long Template Names TODO
  80. Shrink-to-fit 75% developed  as of 10 August 2007
  81. Small Object Optimization TODO
  82. Smart Pointer 75% developed  as of 17 November 2007
  83. Storage Class Tracker TODO
  84. Tag Dispatching 0% developed  as of 21 October 2007 TODO
  85. Temporary Base Class 75% developed  as of 6 August 2007
  86. Temporary Proxy 75% developed  as of 6 August 2007
  87. The result_of technique TODO
  88. Thin Template 75% developed  as of 6 August 2007
  89. Traits 0% developed  as of 21 October 2007 TODO
  90. Type Erasure TODO
  91. Type Generator (Templated Typedef) 75% developed  as of 14 September 2008
  92. Type Safe Enum 75% developed  as of 11 May 2010
  93. Type Selection 75% developed  as of 9 May 2010
  94. Virtual Constructor 75% developed  as of 17 March 2008
  95. Virtual Friend Function 75% developed  as of 10 May 2010


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