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Programming Topics and Overload Journal #73 - Jun 2006

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Comments Considered Evil
Description : We are taught that adding comments to code is a good thing and adds value. In practice this value is seldom, if ever, realised. Mark Easterbrook makes the case for a better way.

How Do Those Funky Placeholders Work?
Description : The current C++ standard function binders are notoriously difficult to use. Chris Gibson exposes the secret the Boost alternative, which is so much better it seems like magic.

Implementing drop-down menus in pure CSS (no JavaScript)
Description : Implementing drop-down menus to aid website navigation is usually thought to require lots of JavaScript. This article shows how to do it using just CSS.
Category: [ Internet Topics ]
The Rise and Fall of Singleton Threaded
Description : Steve Love explores how 'Singletons' in design can seem a good idea at the time, why they are generally a mistake, and what to do if you have them.
Category: [ Design of applications and programs ]
The Case Against TODO
Description : TODO - a neat way to label work in progress or an easy way to disguise the flaws in a codebase?

Objects for States
Description : Originally captured in Design Patterns, Objects for States is described in close conjunction with the Singleton pattern. This article investigates better alternatives for implementing the pattern in C++.