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reply "Matthew Wilson" <matthew hat.stlsoft.dot.org> writes:
Hi

It's been a while since my consulting practice stole all the time I wanted to
spend researching and writing, and things in the
publishing world seem to have changed considerably in that time. CUJ is gone,
and other magazines seem to have lost their pizzaz
(and some, perhaps, quality along with it). Other than the ACCU, I'm not aware
of anything C/C++-related maintaining any significant
momentum. Of course, I could be quite wrong, which is why I'm putting out the
question.

I've a number of things that I want to publish in the remainder of the year,
including intro pieces, design discussions and
tutorials on Pantheios, FastFormat and flecxx, and extracts from my next book,
Breaking Up The Monolith. There're also several
things I'd like to write up that pertain to s/w engineering in general, or to
other languages.

I'd really appreciate hearing from people where they go these days, so I can
best target the prospective audience.

Some possibilities:
 - CVu / Overload (ACCU)
 - CodeProject
 - DDJ
 - The C++ Source
 - newsgroups
 - just not interested in C++ / C++ libraries any more

Thanks in advance

Matt


-- 
--

Dr Matthew D. Wilson

Director, Synesis Software - Fit-for-purpose Software Solutions
    (www.synesis.com.au)
Author: "Extended STL, volume 1", Addison-Wesley, 2007
    (www.extendedstl.com)
Author: "Imperfect C++", Addison-Wesley, 2004
    (www.imperfectcplusplus.com)
Apr 05 2008
next sibling parent reply Georg Wrede <georg nospam.org> writes:
Matthew Wilson wrote:
 Hi
 
 It's been a while since my consulting practice stole all the time I wanted to
spend researching and writing, and things in the
 publishing world seem to have changed considerably in that time. CUJ is gone,
and other magazines seem to have lost their pizzaz
 (and some, perhaps, quality along with it). Other than the ACCU, I'm not aware
of anything C/C++-related maintaining any significant
 momentum. Of course, I could be quite wrong, which is why I'm putting out the
question.
 
 I've a number of things that I want to publish in the remainder of the year,
including intro pieces, design discussions and
 tutorials on Pantheios, FastFormat and flecxx, and extracts from my next book,
Breaking Up The Monolith. There're also several
 things I'd like to write up that pertain to s/w engineering in general, or to
other languages.
 
 I'd really appreciate hearing from people where they go these days, so I can
best target the prospective audience.
 
 Some possibilities:
  - CVu / Overload (ACCU)
  - CodeProject
  - DDJ
  - The C++ Source
  - newsgroups
  - just not interested in C++ / C++ libraries any more
 
 Thanks in advance

Well! The second guy this week, who walks in from ages of absence. Welcome back, Matthew! "- just not interested in C++ / C++ libraries any more" would be my choice. Since I don't want to start earning my bread coding in C++, there's no point in keeping more than a "read-only" fluency in C++, and thus any libraries become less relevant. When I last remember having seen you here, D was unknown to most folks. Today things are different. Why not quickly publish what you already have, and then start writing about D? Why beat a terminally ill horse, when you should use a car. (The horse bit is actually your own first paragraph, above!) Switch to D, and see Scott Meyers &co sink in the C of obsolesence, while your street credibility does the Red Bull. georg
Apr 05 2008
parent reply "Matthew Wilson" <matthew hat.stlsoft.dot.org> writes:
"Georg Wrede" <georg nospam.org> wrote in message
news:47F80B34.1050709 nospam.org...
 Matthew Wilson wrote:
 Hi

 It's been a while since my consulting practice stole all the time I wanted to
spend researching and writing, and things in the
 publishing world seem to have changed considerably in that time. CUJ is gone,
and other magazines seem to have lost their pizzaz
 (and some, perhaps, quality along with it). Other than the ACCU, I'm not aware
of anything C/C++-related maintaining any


 momentum. Of course, I could be quite wrong, which is why I'm putting out the
question.


<snip>
 Well! The second guy this week, who walks in from ages of absence.
 Welcome back, Matthew!

Thanks, but I'm not back yet. A return-to-D is still at least 5-6 months away. But I will be back for sure -> see below
 When I last remember having seen you here, D was unknown to most folks.
 Today things are different.

 Why not quickly publish what you already have, and then start writing
 about D? Why beat a terminally ill horse, when you should use a car.
 (The horse bit is actually your own first paragraph, above!)

Well, there're several answers. One is that commercially I earn my bread-and-butter from teaching C++, C# and Java development teams how to do their thing better, or building products for clients (in C++, C# or Java). As yet there are no D things happening in any commercial space that I come near. Another side of things is that I've been working on C++ libraries that, in part, borrow some ideas from D (and other languages). You may or may not have heard of Pantheios, my C++ logging API library. It's 100% type-safe, extensible, generic and *extremely* efficient - up to two orders of magnitude faster than all the other C++ logging libraries. Part of the reason for this is that it is able to convert logging statement components to string slices (len+ptr) - i.e. like a D string - which are then treated generically by the core functions that congregate them into a logging entry. And it only does any of this _after_ it's determined whether a given statement is to be logged or not, so it's effectively zero-cost when that logging level is switched off. In one fell-swoop, Pantheios can eliminate #ifdef DEBUG from application code forever, thanks in part to its D influences. ;-) As soon as I get Pantheios out of beta (it's at beta 119, even though it's in production systems around the globe) I plan to write Pantheios.D, and am open-armed to any willing D-collaborators. The other major library that I'm working on is FastFormat, which is be a generic, extensible, 100% type-safe, *highly* efficient, I18N/L15N-enabling formatting library that I expect (or at least hope) will kill stone dead C's streams, C++'s IOStreams and any other C++ output/formatting libraries currently in use. It uses similar technology to Pantheios, and is influenced by D's writef() to some degree. I hope to release this in the next few weeks, and again spreaD some Design into the C++ worlD. ;-)
 Switch to D, and see Scott Meyers &co sink in the C of obsolesence,
 while your street credibility does the Red Bull.

Well, not sure I think of it quite like that, but I'm definitely still interested in D and plan to get back into it when I am able. Cheers Matt
Apr 08 2008
next sibling parent Georg Wrede <georg nospam.org> writes:
Matthew Wilson wrote:
 "Georg Wrede" <georg nospam.org> wrote
 Matthew Wilson wrote:
 
 Hi
 
 It's been a while since my consulting practice stole all the time
  I wanted to spend researching and writing, and things in the 
 publishing world seem to have changed considerably in that time. 
 CUJ is gone, and other magazines seem to have lost their pizzaz 
 (and some, perhaps, quality along with it). Other than the ACCU, 
 I'm not aware of anything C/C++-related maintaining any 
 significant momentum. Of course, I could be quite wrong, which is
 why I'm putting out the question.

Well! The second guy this week, who walks in from ages of absence. Welcome back, Matthew!

Thanks, but I'm not back yet. A return-to-D is still at least 5-6 months away. But I will be back for sure -> see below

Looking forward to it!
 When I last remember having seen you here, D was unknown to most 
 folks. Today things are different.
 
 Why not quickly publish what you already have, and then start 
 writing about D? Why beat a terminally ill horse, when you should 
 use a car. (The horse bit is actually your own first paragraph, 
 above!)

Well, there're several answers. One is that commercially I earn my bread-and-butter from teaching C++, C# and Java development teams how to do their thing better, or building products for clients (in C++, C# or Java). As yet there are no D things happening in any commercial space that I come near.

When I was a kid and read SciAm, I saw all these ads about commercial versions of Lint. Made me sick to see that a language is so un-ergonomic that you have to buy expensive tools like that. When my grandfather worked at Nokia, all they made was rubber boots and winter tyres. Later, when my college schoolmate's father was the CEO, they diversified into electronics. They even made a CP/M computer, called MikroMikko. But it was his idea to start making your own future, and that's when they got into mobile phones. We're doing that with D.
 Another side of things is that I've been working on C++ libraries 
 that, in part, borrow some ideas from D (and other languages). You 
 may or may not have heard of Pantheios, my C++ logging API library. 
 It's 100% type-safe, extensible, generic and *extremely* efficient - 
 up to two orders of magnitude faster than all the other C++ logging 
 libraries. Part of the reason for this is that it is able to convert 
 logging statement components to string slices (len+ptr) - i.e. like a
  D string - which are then treated generically by the core functions 
 that congregate them into a logging entry. And it only does any of 
 this _after_ it's determined whether a given statement is to be 
 logged or not, so it's effectively zero-cost when that logging level 
 is switched off.

Now that's something that ought to be in D's CV!
 In one fell-swoop, Pantheios can eliminate #ifdef DEBUG from 
 application code forever, thanks in part to its D influences. ;-)
 
 As soon as I get Pantheios out of beta (it's at beta 119, even though
  it's in production systems around the globe) I plan to write 
 Pantheios.D, and am open-armed to any willing D-collaborators.
 
 The other major library that I'm working on is FastFormat, which is 
 be a generic, extensible, 100% type-safe, *highly* efficient, 
 I18N/L15N-enabling formatting library that I expect (or at least 
 hope) will kill stone dead C's streams, C++'s IOStreams and any other
  C++ output/formatting libraries currently in use. It uses similar 
 technology to Pantheios, and is influenced by D's writef() to some 
 degree. I hope to release this in the next few weeks, and again 
 spreaD some Design into the C++ worlD. ;-)

Sounds really cool! Good to see you've covered the day job part.
 Switch to D, and see Scott Meyers &co sink in the C of obsolesence,
  while your street credibility does the Red Bull.

Well, not sure I think of it quite like that, but I'm definitely still interested in D and plan to get back into it when I am able.

And it ain't gettin' any less interesting.
Apr 08 2008
prev sibling next sibling parent Lars Ivar Igesund <larsivar igesund.net> writes:
Matthew Wilson wrote:
 
 As soon as I get Pantheios out of beta (it's at beta 119, even though it's
 in production systems around the globe) I plan to write Pantheios.D, and
 am open-armed to any willing D-collaborators.

You would have to compete / co-operate with Tango logging (tango.util.log) on that one :D -- Lars Ivar Igesund blog at http://larsivi.net DSource, #d.tango & #D: larsivi Dancing the Tango
Apr 09 2008
prev sibling parent reply janderson <askme me.com> writes:
Matthew Wilson wrote:

<snip>

 Part of the reason for this is that it is
 able to convert logging statement components to string slices (len+ptr) - i.e.
like a D string

<snip> Interestingly enough Walter has talked about changing to ptr+ptrend for array/string for efficiency. -Joel
Apr 10 2008
next sibling parent Regan Heath <regan netmail.co.nz> writes:
janderson wrote:
 Matthew Wilson wrote:
 
 <snip>
 
 Part of the reason for this is that it is
 able to convert logging statement components to string slices 
 (len+ptr) - i.e. like a D string

<snip> Interestingly enough Walter has talked about changing to ptr+ptrend for array/string for efficiency.

I thought it was to allow implementation of iterators. Regan
Apr 11 2008
prev sibling parent reply "Matthew Wilson" <matthew hat.stlsoft.dot.org> writes:
"janderson" <askme me.com> wrote in message news:ftmsi0$e9c$1 digitalmars.com...
 Matthew Wilson wrote:

 <snip>

 Part of the reason for this is that it is
 able to convert logging statement components to string slices (len+ptr) - i.e.
like a D string

<snip> Interestingly enough Walter has talked about changing to ptr+ptrend for array/string for efficiency.

Well, that's quite surprising. I started with that representation (in recls) for that very purpose, but the use cases in which that was an advantage were substantially fewer than those where you need the length. So I've gone with len+ptr in all subsequent cases/libraries - including Pantheios and FastFormat - and I'm confident (at least for the kinds of things I've done with slices) that that's the right decision. Of course, things might be different in D / with what Walter wants to do, but I'm skeptical until demonstrated otherwise. Just my tuppeneth Matt
Apr 11 2008
parent janderson <askme me.com> writes:
Matthew Wilson wrote:
 "janderson" <askme me.com> wrote in message
news:ftmsi0$e9c$1 digitalmars.com...
 Matthew Wilson wrote:

 <snip>

 Part of the reason for this is that it is
 able to convert logging statement components to string slices (len+ptr) - i.e.
like a D string

Interestingly enough Walter has talked about changing to ptr+ptrend for array/string for efficiency.

Well, that's quite surprising. I started with that representation (in recls) for that very purpose, but the use cases in which that was an advantage were substantially fewer than those where you need the length. So I've gone with len+ptr in all subsequent cases/libraries - including Pantheios and FastFormat - and I'm confident (at least for the kinds of things I've done with slices) that that's the right decision. Of course, things might be different in D / with what Walter wants to do, but I'm skeptical until demonstrated otherwise. Just my tuppeneth Matt

I think it was to do with optimizations the compiler could do with loop iterations. Of course I'm not going to put words in Walters mouth. Maybe someone can find the thread. -Joel
Apr 11 2008
prev sibling next sibling parent reply janderson <askme me.com> writes:
Matthew Wilson wrote:
 Hi
 
 It's been a while since my consulting practice stole all the time I wanted to
spend researching and writing, and things in the
 publishing world seem to have changed considerably in that time. CUJ is gone,
and other magazines seem to have lost their pizzaz
 (and some, perhaps, quality along with it). Other than the ACCU, I'm not aware
of anything C/C++-related maintaining any significant
 momentum. Of course, I could be quite wrong, which is why I'm putting out the
question.
 
 I've a number of things that I want to publish in the remainder of the year,
including intro pieces, design discussions and
 tutorials on Pantheios, FastFormat and flecxx, and extracts from my next book,
Breaking Up The Monolith. There're also several
 things I'd like to write up that pertain to s/w engineering in general, or to
other languages.
 
 I'd really appreciate hearing from people where they go these days, so I can
best target the prospective audience.
 
 Some possibilities:
  - CVu / Overload (ACCU)
  - CodeProject
  - DDJ
  - The C++ Source
  - newsgroups
  - just not interested in C++ / C++ libraries any more
 
 Thanks in advance
 
 Matt
 
 

Welcome back, I'm looking forward to reading some more of your stuff. I read DDJ mostly. Please let us know when your books comes out and when publish something new. -Joel
Apr 05 2008
parent reply "Matthew Wilson" <matthew hat.stlsoft.dot.org> writes:
"janderson" <askme me.com> wrote in message
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 Welcome back, I'm looking forward to reading some more of your stuff.  I
 read DDJ mostly.

 Please let us know when your books comes out and when publish something new.

 -Joel

Joel Thanks for the welcome. I'll let you know what/when. :-) It's likely that I'm not going to get chance to come back to D until Q4. ;-/ But if there's still a gap in D's template libraries, I will at that point recommence work on DTL Cheers Matt
Apr 06 2008
parent reply janderson <askme me.com> writes:
Matthew Wilson wrote:
 "janderson" <askme me.com> wrote in message
news:ft9912$2oq3$1 digitalmars.com...
 Welcome back, I'm looking forward to reading some more of your stuff.  I
 read DDJ mostly.

 Please let us know when your books comes out and when publish something new.

 -Joel

Joel Thanks for the welcome. I'll let you know what/when. :-) It's likely that I'm not going to get chance to come back to D until Q4. ;-/ But if there's still a gap in D's template libraries, I will at that point recommence work on DTL Cheers Matt

Actually I should say I mostly read Game Developers magazine more then anything. But I guess that's not quite your field. -Joel PS - I really enjoyed Imperfect C++.
Apr 06 2008
parent reply "Matthew Wilson" <matthew hat.stlsoft.dot.org> writes:
 Actually I should say I mostly read Game Developers magazine more then
 anything.  But I guess that's not quite your field.

Probably not in terms of what I tend to do day-to-day. But Pantheios (and the no-more-than-weeks-from-release FastFormat) provides high performance, low memory allocation, and high robustness, all of which (I'm already being told by games users) are essential features of any library that will be used in games. So I guess I have an indirect interest.
 -Joel

 PS - I really enjoyed Imperfect C++.

Thanks. Have you read Extended STL, volume 1 yet? It's a *far* better written book, and continues the shining lights into deep, dark corners approach of IC++. Cheers Matt
Apr 08 2008
parent reply janderson <askme me.com> writes:
Matthew Wilson wrote:
 Actually I should say I mostly read Game Developers magazine more then
 anything.  But I guess that's not quite your field.

Probably not in terms of what I tend to do day-to-day. But Pantheios (and the no-more-than-weeks-from-release FastFormat) provides high performance, low memory allocation, and high robustness, all of which (I'm already being told by games users) are essential features of any library that will be used in games. So I guess I have an indirect interest.
 -Joel

 PS - I really enjoyed Imperfect C++.

Thanks. Have you read Extended STL, volume 1 yet? It's a *far* better written book, and continues the shining lights into deep, dark corners approach of IC++. Cheers Matt

No, I haven't but I'll definitely check it out once I get through 2 other books I'm reading. -Joel
Apr 10 2008
parent "Matthew Wilson" <matthew hat.stlsoft.dot.org> writes:
 -Joel

 PS - I really enjoyed Imperfect C++.

Thanks. Have you read Extended STL, volume 1 yet? It's a *far* better written book, and continues the shining lights into deep,


 corners approach of IC++.

 Cheers

 Matt

No, I haven't but I'll definitely check it out once I get through 2 other books I'm reading.

Cool. Let me know if/whether you like it - or post a review on Amazon - when you're done. Cheers Matt
Apr 12 2008
prev sibling next sibling parent reply Martin Moene <moene eld.physics.LeidenUniv.nl> writes:
Matthew Wilson wrote:

 I'd really appreciate hearing from people where they go these days, so I can
best target the prospective audience.

Hi Matthew, I would say that for me the order of chance to read your writings is: - Book ;-) - The C++ Source - DDJ - CodeProject - ACCU Cheers, Martin.
Apr 06 2008
parent "Matthew Wilson" <matthew hat.stlsoft.dot.org> writes:
"Martin Moene" <moene eld.physics.LeidenUniv.nl> wrote in message
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 Matthew Wilson wrote:

 I'd really appreciate hearing from people where they go these days, so I can
best target the prospective audience.

Hi Matthew, I would say that for me the order of chance to read your writings is: - Book ;-) - The C++ Source - DDJ - CodeProject - ACCU Cheers, Martin.

Thanks. I hope that descending, not ascending. ;-) Matt
Apr 06 2008
prev sibling next sibling parent reply DBloke <DBloke nowhere.org> writes:
Hi Matthew,
Loved Imperfect C++ by the way :)

DDJ
Artima
CodeProject
ProgrammersHeaven
DeveloperLand

D
Apr 06 2008
parent "Matthew Wilson" <matthew hat.stlsoft.dot.org> writes:
"DBloke" <DBloke nowhere.org> wrote in message
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 Hi Matthew,
 Loved Imperfect C++ by the way :)

Great. Thanks. (Did you put a review on Amazon ... ;-) Also, as I asked Joel, have you read Extended STL, volume 1? It's kind of a similar flavour/approach, albeit in a more constrained, modern, subject area. And it's *heaps* better written than IC++. Sometimes I have to look up things in IC++, and the corrugated in-jokes make me cringe. ;-)
 DDJ
 Artima
 CodeProject
 ProgrammersHeaven
 DeveloperLand

Thanks, I'll bear it in mind. Cheers Matt
Apr 08 2008
prev sibling next sibling parent "Matthew Wilson" <matthew hat.stlsoft.dot.org> writes:
Thanks to everyone who responded. That's useful info.

I'll make specific responses where appropriate.

Cheers

Matt

"Matthew Wilson" <matthew hat.stlsoft.dot.org> wrote in message
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 Hi

 It's been a while since my consulting practice stole all the time I wanted to
spend researching and writing, and things in the
 publishing world seem to have changed considerably in that time. CUJ is gone,
and other magazines seem to have lost their pizzaz
 (and some, perhaps, quality along with it). Other than the ACCU, I'm not aware
of anything C/C++-related maintaining any

 momentum. Of course, I could be quite wrong, which is why I'm putting out the
question.

 I've a number of things that I want to publish in the remainder of the year,
including intro pieces, design discussions and
 tutorials on Pantheios, FastFormat and flecxx, and extracts from my next book,
Breaking Up The Monolith. There're also several
 things I'd like to write up that pertain to s/w engineering in general, or to
other languages.

 I'd really appreciate hearing from people where they go these days, so I can
best target the prospective audience.

 Some possibilities:
  - CVu / Overload (ACCU)
  - CodeProject
  - DDJ
  - The C++ Source
  - newsgroups
  - just not interested in C++ / C++ libraries any more

 Thanks in advance

 Matt


 -- 
 --

 Dr Matthew D. Wilson

 Director, Synesis Software - Fit-for-purpose Software Solutions
     (www.synesis.com.au)
 Author: "Extended STL, volume 1", Addison-Wesley, 2007
     (www.extendedstl.com)
 Author: "Imperfect C++", Addison-Wesley, 2004
     (www.imperfectcplusplus.com)

Apr 08 2008
prev sibling parent reply Bruno Medeiros <brunodomedeiros+spam com.gmail> writes:
Matthew Wilson wrote:
 Hi
 
 It's been a while since my consulting practice stole all the time I wanted to
spend researching and writing, and things in the
 publishing world seem to have changed considerably in that time. CUJ is gone,
and other magazines seem to have lost their pizzaz
 (and some, perhaps, quality along with it). Other than the ACCU, I'm not aware
of anything C/C++-related maintaining any significant
 momentum. Of course, I could be quite wrong, which is why I'm putting out the
question.
 
 I've a number of things that I want to publish in the remainder of the year,
including intro pieces, design discussions and
 tutorials on Pantheios, FastFormat and flecxx, and extracts from my next book,
Breaking Up The Monolith. There're also several
 things I'd like to write up that pertain to s/w engineering in general, or to
other languages.
 
 I'd really appreciate hearing from people where they go these days, so I can
best target the prospective audience.
 
 Some possibilities:
  - CVu / Overload (ACCU)
  - CodeProject
  - DDJ
  - The C++ Source
  - newsgroups
  - just not interested in C++ / C++ libraries any more
 
 Thanks in advance
 
 Matt
 
 

If your articles/posts are not terribly C++ specific, it might be interesting to publish them in the more language-generic sites (DDJ, Code Project, etc.) -- Bruno Medeiros - MSc in CS/E student http://www.prowiki.org/wiki4d/wiki.cgi?BrunoMedeiros#D
Apr 11 2008
parent "Matt Wilson" <matthewwilson acm.org> writes:
"Bruno Medeiros" <brunodomedeiros+spam com.gmail> wrote in message 
news:fto49v$ik$1 digitalmars.com...
 Matthew Wilson wrote:
 Hi

 It's been a while since my consulting practice stole all the time I 
 wanted to spend researching and writing, and things in the
 publishing world seem to have changed considerably in that time. CUJ is 
 gone, and other magazines seem to have lost their pizzaz
 (and some, perhaps, quality along with it). Other than the ACCU, I'm not 
 aware of anything C/C++-related maintaining any significant
 momentum. Of course, I could be quite wrong, which is why I'm putting out 
 the question.

 I've a number of things that I want to publish in the remainder of the 
 year, including intro pieces, design discussions and
 tutorials on Pantheios, FastFormat and flecxx, and extracts from my next 
 book, Breaking Up The Monolith. There're also several
 things I'd like to write up that pertain to s/w engineering in general, 
 or to other languages.

 I'd really appreciate hearing from people where they go these days, so I 
 can best target the prospective audience.

 Some possibilities:
  - CVu / Overload (ACCU)
  - CodeProject
  - DDJ
  - The C++ Source
  - newsgroups
  - just not interested in C++ / C++ libraries any more

 Thanks in advance

 Matt

If your articles/posts are not terribly C++ specific, it might be interesting to publish them in the more language-generic sites (DDJ, Code Project, etc.)

Dimitri Good idea. As it turns out, I'm now a "resident Guru blogger" at Dr. Dobb's, and I'm finding it a good vehicle. Regards Matt
Jun 17 2010