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Writing Maintainable Code
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Recently, I've been thinking hard about what makes code maintainable, and how to write code to be maintainable. This interest has partly been driven by the mentoring of those starting out in C++ that I've been doing, both through the ACCU mentored developers program, and for work.

The principles I've identified have not really been hidden; since they've been widely documented for years, and they're actually things that most good developers do as a matter of course. However, as with many things, you don't necessarily realize their benefits until you rediscover them yourself.


Category: [ CVu Journal Vol 16, #2 - Apr 2004 ]
I_mean_something_to_somebody, Part Two
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This is the second of a two part article describing an experiment carried out during the 2003 ACCU conference. The first part was published in a previous issue of C Vu (15.6, December 2003) and discussed the background to the experiment and some of the applicable characteristics of the subjects taking part; this one, the second, discusses the results of the experiment.


Category: [ CVu Journal Vol 16, #2 - Apr 2004 ]
Francis' Scribbles
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Look at the following code and decide what is wrong with it. When you have done so, decide what it has to do with the previous section in particular and this section of C Vu in general - well actually the whole of your life.


Category: [ CVu Journal Vol 16, #2 - Apr 2004 | Francis' Scribbles from CVu journal ]
C++/CLI, Ecma TC39/TG5,and SC22/WG21
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There have been many languages for writing applications, but relatively few foundation platforms which support applications that are written in various different languages. We've had assembler (proprietary), then C (an ISO standard), and now we have the Common Language Infrastructure (CLI). The CLI standard is ISO/IEC 23271; the same content is also available online at http://www.ecma-international.org/publications/standards/Ecma-335.htm.


Category: [ CVu Journal Vol 16, #2 - Apr 2004 ]
A Python Script to Relocate Source Trees
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Files form the raw ingredients of a software system - source files, build files, configuration files, resource files, scripts etc. These files are organised into directories.


Category: [ CVu Journal Vol 16, #2 - Apr 2004 ]
Professionalism in Programming #24
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There is more to life than increasing its speed” - Mahatma Gandhi

We live in a fast food culture. Not only must our dinner arrive yesterday, our car should be fast, and our entertainment instant. Our code should also run like lightning. I want my result. And I want it now.

Ironically, writing fast programs takes a long time.

Optimisation is a spectre hanging over software development, as W.A. Wulf observed. “More computing sins are committed in the name of efficiency (without necessarily achieving it) than for any other single reason – including blind stupidity”.

It’s a well-worn subject, with plenty of trite soundbites bounding around, and the same advice being served time and time again. But despite this, a lot of code is still not developed sensibly. Programmers get sidetracked by the lure of efficiency and write bad code in the name of performance.

In these articles we’ll address this. We’ll tread some familiar ground and wander well-worn paths, but look out for some new views on the way. Don’t worry – if the subject’s optimisation it shouldn’t take too long...


Source : Entered by hand
Category: [ CVu Journal Vol 16, #1 - Feb 2004 | Professionalism in Programming, from CVu journal ]
do...while
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What can be said about C’s everyday do...while loop? It just does something while some condition holds. End of story, right?

No, of course not. That would make the title of this small article silly, so let’s cover two topics.


Category: [ CVu Journal Vol 16, #1 - Feb 2004 ]

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