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Template Metaprogramming with C++

By : Marius Bancila
Book Image

Template Metaprogramming with C++

By: Marius Bancila

Overview of this book

Learn how the metaprogramming technique enables you to create data structures and functions that allow computation to happen at compile time. With this book, you'll realize how templates help you avoid writing duplicate code and are key to creating generic libraries, such as the standard library or Boost, that can be used in a multitude of programs. The introductory chapters of this book will give you insights into the fundamentals of templates and metaprogramming. You'll then move on to practice writing complex templates and exploring advanced concepts such as template recursion, template argument deduction, forwarding references, type traits, and conditional compilation. Along the way, you'll learn how to write variadic templates and how to provide requirements to the template arguments with C++20 constraints and concepts. Finally, you'll apply your knowledge of C++ metaprogramming templates to implement various metaprogramming patterns and techniques. By the end of this book, you'll have learned how to write effective templates and implement metaprogramming in your everyday programming journey.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Part 1: Core Template Concepts
Part 2: Advanced Template Features
Part 3: Applied Templates
Appendix: Closing Notes

Further reading

  • Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software – Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides, p. 163, Addison-Wesley
  • Modern C++ Design: Generic Programming and Design Patterns Applied – Andrei Alexandrescu, Addison-Wesley Professional
  • Mixin-Based Programming in C++ – Yannis Smaragdakis, Don Batory,
  • Curiously Recurring Template Patterns – James Coplien,
  • Mixin Classes: The Yang of the CRTP – Jonathan Boccara,
  • What the Curiously Recurring Template Pattern can bring to your code – Jonathan Boccara,
  • Combining Static and Dynamic Polymorphism with C++ Mixin classes – Michael Afanasiev,
  • Why C++ is not just an Object-Oriented Programming Language – Bjarne Stroustrup,
  • enable_shared_from_this - overview, examples, and internals – Hitesh Kumar,
  • Tag dispatch versus concept overloading – Arthur O’Dwyer,
  • C++ Expression Templates...