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Monday, September 24 • 09:00 - 10:30
Concepts: The Future of Generic Programming (the future is here)

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Concepts have arrived. They will change the way we think about programming. Implementations are available in GCC and Clang. Many fundamental concepts are in the standard committee’s working paper and the next generation of the STL depends critically on concepts.

After briefly introducing concepts, I consider their role in design. What makes a good/useful concept? How do you design good concepts and use them well?

From a language-technical point of view, concepts are a way of constraining template arguments. From a design perspective, they are a focus comparable to user-defined types (classes): The intent is for a concept to represent a fundamental concept in an applications domain (hence the name “concept”).

I will mention technical issues recently resolved  or currently being resolved in the committee, but my primarily focus is not concepts as a language mechanism but as a support for the development of good software.

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Bjarne Stroustrup

Professor, Columbia University
Bjarne Stroustrup is the designer and original implementer of C++ as well as the author of The C++ Programming Language (4th Edition) and A Tour of C++ (3rd edition), Programming: Principles and Practice using C++ (2nd Edition), and many popular and academic publications. He is a... Read More →

Monday September 24, 2018 09:00 - 10:30 PDT
Breckenridge Hall (1st Floor)