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Wednesday, September 26 • 15:15 - 15:45
The Embedded Device Under Your Desk: UEFI Applications With Modern C++

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Inside of every PC, there is an environment capable of running arbitrary software without an operating system: The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, or UEFI. Introduced to replace BIOS as a high-level interface between hardware and the kernel, it features many advanced features such as networking right after pressing the power button of your mainboard with a relatively simple C API.
In this session, we explore how we can apply modern C++ idioms to a bare metal environment like UEFI. Armed with a working modern C++ compiler, we'll wrap the C API with some metaprogramming tricks. This grants us better type safety and a cleaner API with no runtime overhead. Along the way we'll introduce a clean exceptionless error-handling method, and finally write a small demo application.
Finally, we look at the some of the proposals for the next C++ standard and how it helps us writing more concise yet efficient code that is sill conformant.

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Morris Hafner

Software Engineer, Codeplay Software
Morris is a Computer Science undergrad interested in computer graphics, the evolution of C++ and everything low level. | He tries to (ab)use the language and its tooling to prevent mistakes in software while keeping the code as general as possible. | On the GPU, he likes to play... Read More →


Wednesday September 26, 2018 15:15 - 15:45
C

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