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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

Using generic and template lambdas

In the preceding recipe, we saw how to write lambda expressions and use them with standard algorithms. In C++, lambdas are basically syntactic sugar for unnamed function objects, which are classes that implement the call operator. However, just like any other function, this can be implemented generically with templates. C++14 takes advantage of this and introduces generic lambdas that do not need to specify actual types for their parameters and use the auto specifier instead. Though not referred to with this name, generic lambdas are basically lambda templates. They are useful in cases where we want to use the same lambda but with different types of parameter. Moreover, the C++20 standard takes this a step further and supports explicitly defining template lambdas. This helps with some scenarios where generic lambdas are cumbersome.

Getting started

It is recommended that you read the preceding recipe, Using lambdas with standard algorithms...