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C++ High Performance - Second Edition

By : Björn Andrist, Viktor Sehr
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Book Image

C++ High Performance - Second Edition

5 (2)
By: Björn Andrist, Viktor Sehr

Overview of this book

C++ High Performance, Second Edition guides you through optimizing the performance of your C++ apps. This allows them to run faster and consume fewer resources on the device they're running on without compromising the readability of your codebase. The book begins by introducing the C++ language and some of its modern concepts in brief. Once you are familiar with the fundamentals, you will be ready to measure, identify, and eradicate bottlenecks in your C++ codebase. By following this process, you will gradually improve your style of writing code. The book then explores data structure optimization, memory management, and how it can be used efficiently concerning CPU caches. After laying the foundation, the book trains you to leverage algorithms, ranges, and containers from the standard library to achieve faster execution, write readable code, and use customized iterators. It provides hands-on examples of C++ metaprogramming, coroutines, reflection to reduce boilerplate code, proxy objects to perform optimizations under the hood, concurrent programming, and lock-free data structures. The book concludes with an overview of parallel algorithms. By the end of this book, you will have the ability to use every tool as needed to boost the efficiency of your C++ projects.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
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Best practices

Let's consider practices that will help you out when working with the algorithms we've been discussing. I will start by highlighting the importance of actually exploiting the standard algorithms.

Using the constrained algorithms

The constrained algorithms under std::ranges introduced with C++20 offer some benefits over the iterator-based algorithms under std. The constrained algorithms do the following:

  • Support projections, which simplifies custom comparisons of elements.
  • Support ranges instead of iterator pairs. There is no need to pass begin() and end() iterators as separate arguments.
  • Are easy to use correctly and provide descriptive error messages during compilation as a result of being constrained by C++ concepts.

It's my recommendation to start using the constrained algorithms over the iterator-based algorithms.

You may have noticed that this book uses iterator-based algorithms in a lot of places...