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Modern C++ Programming Cookbook - Second Edition

By : Marius Bancila
Book Image

Modern C++ Programming Cookbook - Second Edition

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

Leveraging Threading and Concurrency

Most computers contain multiple processors or at least multiple cores, and leveraging this computational power is the key for many categories of applications. Unfortunately, many developers still have a mindset of sequential code execution, even though operations that do not depend on each other could be executed concurrently. This chapter presents standard library support for threads, asynchronous tasks, and related components, as well as some practical examples at the end.

Most modern processors (except those dedicated to types of applications that do not require great computing power, such as Internet of Things applications) have two, four, or more cores that enable you to concurrently execute multiple threads of execution. Applications must be explicitly written to leverage the multiple processing units that exist; you can write such applications by executing functions on multiple threads at the same time. The C++ standard library...