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C Vu Volume 31 · Issue 6 · January 2020


  • On not doing anything
  • Restaurant C++ and Pidgin Python
    Pete Goodliffe looks at the idioms of language.
  • Why I Don’t Develop for iOS
    Silas S. Brown tells a cautionary tale of the App Store business model.
  • The Refactor Part of TDD – Reducing to the Min with FizzBuzz
    Simon Sebright considers whether de-duplication in refactoring can be too aggressive.
  • Python has setdefault
    Silas S. Brown shares a quick tip on Python.
  • Static C library and GNU Make
    Ian Bruntlett shares his experiences with using ‘make’ to build a small test project.
  • How to Stay Out of a Webmaster’s Bad Books
    Silas S. Brown demonstrates how not all online resources are created equal.
  • Code Critique Competition 121
    Set and collated by Roger Orr. A book prize is awarded for the best entry.
  • The Standard Report
    Guy Davidson reports from the C++ Standards Committee.
  • Reviews
    The latest roundup of reviews.
  • View from the Chair

The latest Overload is Overload 154. Further details of our journals are available here.

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  • Schedule for ACCU 2020 Published (25.01.20)

    The conference programme committee is proud to announce the ACCU 2020 Schedule for the upcoming ACCU 2020 conference. We think it is a strong programme. We are happy that some speakers from years back have returned, last year speakers proposed again and that there are new speakers as well.

    We have decided to move from our home grown conference application to Firebird’s conferencing application. This system has successfully been used by our organizer Archer Yates Ltd. for other events.

    So the actual schedule is currently been published on Firebird’s system. Later we will mirror it to

    This year we have all pieces in place. But as soon as something changes we will update the page.

    People have already started registering for the pre-conference workshops and the conference itself – registering early is always good, especially for the pre-conference workshops.

    The schedule can be found on Firebird, here.

  • ACCU 2020 Registration is now Open! (19.01.20)

    Registration for the ACCU 2020 Conference at the Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel is now open.

    The conference will be held Wednesday, 25 March through Saturday, 28 March, 2020, with pre-conference tutorials on Tuesday, 24 March.

    To register, click on the ACCU 2020 logo at the top of the page (above) and continue with the link in the upper right hand corner of the conference page, or click here .

  • January's C Vu Journal has been published. (14.01.20)

    The January 2020 ACCU C Vu journal has been published and should arrive at members' addresses in the next few days. C Vu 31-6 and previous issues of C Vu can be accessed via Journals menu (ACCU members only).

  • Best Articles 2019 (11.12.19)

    Vote for your favourite articles of 2019:

    • Best in CVu
    • Best in Overload

    Voting is open now at Survey Monkey.

  • December's Overload Journal has been published. (11.12.19)

    The December 2019 ACCU Overload journal has been published and should arrive at members' addresses in the next few days. Overload 154 and previous issues of Overload can be accessed in Overload Online.