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Programming Topics and Overload Journal #131 - February 2016

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Defining Concepts
Description : Concepts provide a new way of constraining code. Andrew Sutton shows us how to define and use them.

On Zero-Side-Effect Interactive Programming, Actors, and FSMs
Description : Functional programming is alien to many programmers. Sergey Ignatchenko considers parallels between actors and finite state machines.

Template Programming Compile Time Combinations & Sieves
Description : Functional style frequently uses sequences. Nick Weatherhead applies these ideas to combinations in C++.

Classdesc: A Reflection System for C++11
Description : C++ lacks direct support for reflection. Russell Standish brings an automated reflection system for C++, Classdesc, up to date.

QM Bites : Maximising Discoverability of Virtual Methods
Description : C++11 introduced override as a contextual keyword. Matthew Wilson encourages us to use it.

So Why is Spock Such a Big Deal?
Description : Spock testing in a Java environment is all the rage. Russel Winder talks through the history of testing on the JVM and demonstrates why Spock is so groovy.