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Modern C++ Programming Cookbook - Second Edition

By : Marius Bancila
5 (1)
Book Image

Modern C++ Programming Cookbook - Second Edition

5 (1)
By: Marius Bancila

Overview of this book

C++ has come a long way to be one of the most widely used general-purpose languages that is fast, efficient, and high-performance at its core. The updated second edition of Modern C++ Programming Cookbook addresses the latest features of C++20, such as modules, concepts, coroutines, and the many additions to the standard library, including ranges and text formatting. The book is organized in the form of practical recipes covering a wide range of problems faced by modern developers. The book also delves into the details of all the core concepts in modern C++ programming, such as functions and classes, iterators and algorithms, streams and the file system, threading and concurrency, smart pointers and move semantics, and many others. It goes into the performance aspects of programming in depth, teaching developers how to write fast and lean code with the help of best practices. Furthermore, the book explores useful patterns and delves into the implementation of many idioms, including pimpl, named parameter, and attorney-client, teaching techniques such as avoiding repetition with the factory pattern. There is also a chapter dedicated to unit testing, where you are introduced to three of the most widely used libraries for C++: Boost.Test, Google Test, and Catch2. By the end of the book, you will be able to effectively leverage the features and techniques of C++11/14/17/20 programming to enhance the performance, scalability, and efficiency of your applications.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
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Bibliography
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Other Books You May Enjoy
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Index

Implementing a thread-safe singleton

Singleton is probably one of the most well-known design patterns. It restricts the instantiation of a single object of a class, something that is necessary in some cases, although many times the use of a singleton is rather an anti-pattern that can be avoided with other design choices.

Since a singleton means a single instance of a class is available to an entire program, it is likely that such a unique instance might be accessible from different threads. Therefore, when you implement a singleton, you should also make it thread-safe.

Before C++11, doing that was not an easy job, and a double-checked locking technique was the typical approach. However, Scott Meyers and Andrei Alexandrescu showed, in a paper called C++ and the Perils of Double-Checked Locking, that using this pattern did not guarantee a thread-safe singleton implementation in portable C++. Fortunately, this changed in C++11, and this recipe shows how to write a thread...