@Richard_Andrew_x64:Ah! that's my fault! Thx for the feedback, Richard! I'll avoid doing that in the next interviews.
What topic will interest you in the future?
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A book I really like on C++ templates is: C++ Templates: The Complete Guide (Hardcover), by David Vandevoorde, Nicolai M. Josuttis
Also, the classic Effective STL, by Scott Meyers is another great book.
David also suggests: STL Tutorial and Reference Guide, by David R. Musser, Gillmer J. Derge, Atul Saini.
HTH, and glad you liked the video!
VC++ Dev Lead.
about the last question on CreateThread vs. _beginthread, the C++ runtime DLL will take care of creating the PTD (per-thread-data) slot and associating it with the thread. Check the code in DLL_THREAD_ATTACH in the CRT DllMain.
Like Louis says, it is better to use _beginthread, but CreateThread will work anyway.
Also, during the video I mentioned Herb's book "C++ Coding Standards: 101 Rules, Guidelines, and Best Practices" (link here
And how do you get your Watson dumps? It's pretty easy (special thx to Jason Hardester for the info):
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Ale (see you in Barcelona )
I agree with you. I really think C++ in general (and STL as an example of a powerful C++ library) has a lot to offer in environment like the one you work on. You just mention one great example when talking about custom allocators for memory management.
Few other languages let you control memory in such a fine, elegant and expansible way. Reading your post, I remembered one talk from Alexandrescu (Chromed Metal: C++ Idioms that Are Safe and Fast, I guess this paper covers some of it http://www.erdani.org/publications/cuj-2005-12.pdf) and one from Scott Meyers (When C++ Hits the Hardware, http://www.aristeia.com/short-courses.html#wchth) which describe interesting solutions.
As we say in the video, C++ is powerful and somewhat dangerous, in the sense that it lets you do a lot of things (and some bad things as well, if you're not careful ). With checked iterators, we tried to make the iterators less dangerous, without sacrifying performance.
I'd like to hear from you more specific scenarios where we could do a better job in harnessing the power of C++. Do you need some pre-packaged allocator to simplify memory management? Do you need tools to measure code bloat? Please let us know!
One question: What do you mean with code complexety? You mean code complexity in the STL itself, or using it?
Unfortunately, we can't control the STL implementations of other vendors. Anyway, please note that we get our STL implementation from dinkumware (www.dinkumware.com), and they support more platform than VC++ does,
I believe. Also, let us know which platform you need support on... you never know... (maybe we have a compiler in the box you can use... )
And have you tried using VC++ IDE to drive your compilers?
Thx for your comments!
VC++ Libraries Dev Lead