Plenary: C++ MythBusters
The C++ community is very large and quite vocal when it comes to controversial issues.
We’re very fragmented on many topics, based on the breadth of the C++ ecosystem and the background/experience we each bring from our C++ niche.
From CppCoreGuidelines to opinionated best practices to established idioms, there’s a lot of good information easily available. Mixed up with all of this there are also plenty of myths. Some myths stem from obsolete information, some from bad teaching materials.
In this presentation, I will dissect a few of the most popular C++ myths to a level of detail not possible on Twitter… and without the stigma of newb/duplicate/eyeroll one might experience when asking these questions on StackOverflow.
Expect the familiar “Busted”, “Plausible”, or “Confirmed” verdicts on each myth and come prepared to chat about these.
Victor Ciura is a senior software engineer on the Visual C++ team, helping to improve the tools he’s been using for years. Before joining Microsoft, he programmed C++ professionally for 20 years, designing and implementing several core components & libraries of Advanced Installer, improving the virtualization and repackaging technologies for MSI/MSIX.
One of his hobbies is tidying-up and modernizing aging codebases and has been known to build open-source tools that help this process: Clang Power Tools.
He’s a regular guest at Computer Science Department of his Alma Mater, University of Craiova, where he gives student lectures & workshops on using modern C++, STL, algorithms and optimization techniques.