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Thursday, September 17 • 12:00 - 13:00
The Surprising Costs of void() (and Other Not-Quite-Innocuous Evils)

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There are some things that might pass us by without us noticing them as evil or, as they have come to be known, Bad Code Smells.

Many of these little things are acceptable in some cases, and thus pass unnoticed in some code reviews. They are respectful of language rules, and thus pass unnoticed through the compiler's virtual hands. They might even lead to working code... and if it works, it's fine, no?

The idea for this talk came about when discussing with colleagues about such suspicious code and coding patterns, and hearing such questions as "but why is that a problem?". It's about those little evils that creep in code and poison our practice in subtle ways (making memory consumption higher than it should be, making execution slower than it should be, making reuse harder than it should be, etc.).

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Patrice Roy

Professeur, Université de Sherbrooke
Patrice Roy has been playing with C++, either professionally, for pleasure or (most of the time) both for over 25 years. After a few years doing R&D and working on military flight simulators, he moved on to academics and has been teaching computer science since 1998. Since 2005, he’s... Read More →

Thursday September 17, 2020 12:00 - 13:00 MDT
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