Home > Blogs > Danny Kalev

RSS Feed Subscribe  RSS details

It's a shoddy, shoddy world

We've all come to terms with the fact that the models that in glitzy magazines aren't really themselves. Aggressive Photoshop embellishments make them look bigger than life. And yet, it appears that in many other areas, our senses are being artistically manipulated. We simply don't know it. Where do you draw the line between legit cosmetics and sheer fraud?

Continue reading...

By Danny KalevCommentsSeptember 19, 2010
Topics: Programming, C/C++

Yves Smith: Suspicions that The Fed is manipulating Wall Street

Yves Smith, the nom de plume of the creator of Naked Capitalism and one of the most savvy and respected members of the blogosphere. In professional life Yves is known as Susan Webber. Yves recently gave an interview to an Israeli financial newspaper in which she claims that a federal team unofficially called "the plunge protection team" is manipulating the stocks on Wall Street.

Continue reading...

By Danny KalevCommentsMay 24, 2010
Topics: Programming, C/C++

iPhone OS 4.0 SDK License Controversy

The much-discussed software development kit for the upcoming iPhone OS 4.0 says that native applications must be "originally written" in Objective C, C, or C++", forbidding developers from using any sort of "translation or compatibility layer." This legalese seems to rule out just about anything you can think of -- translating an application written in any other language to C++. However, this stern interpretation is probably exaggerated. Besides, when you consider the outcry and criticism with which Apple's license was greeted, you can't help but wondering where all these freedom of expression activists were when Sun -- and later Microsoft and Google -- imposed similar draconian restrictions on developers.

Continue reading...

By Danny KalevCommentsApril 17, 2010
Topics: Programming, C/C++

Bjarne Stroustrups's Stevens Talk

On 2nd December Bjarne Stroustrup delivered a talk about the standardization process of C++0x at the Stevens institute. Here some of the key points from his talk.

Continue reading...

By Danny KalevCommentsDecember 7, 2009
Topics: Programming, C/C++

Minutes from the October 2009 Meeting

The minutes from the Santa Cruz (October 2009) meeting are available here. Even if you're not a language layer at heart, I encourage you to read them.

Continue reading...

By Danny KalevCommentsNovember 19, 2009
Topics: Programming, C/C++

A Reader's Opinion on Attributes

In August I dedicated a series to the debate about C++0x attributes. I believe that it covered the subject in a balanced and detailed way, but I keep getting complaints from C++ users who don't like attributes for various reasons. Here's a recent email I received from a Polish C++ programmer. While it  doesn't represent my opinion about attributes -- I'm rather neutral about this feature and consider it a "solution waiting for a problem" -- but it suggests that attributes are still a highly controversial issue that will haunt C++ for a long time. The email is quoted here with minor edits that and as usual, with all private details removed.

Continue reading...

By Danny KalevCommentsOctober 20, 2009
Topics: Programming, C/C++

Followup: The Web 2.0 Guy I Ain't

Almost a year ago, I posted here The Web 2.0 Guy I Ain't. People wonder whether I still resist all those Web 2.0 features and technologies at the end of 2009.

Continue reading...

By Danny KalevCommentsOctober 16, 2009
Topics: Programming, C/C++

The C++ Features I Like Most Series: typedef and sizeof

Operator sizeof and typedef are among the first features that new language designers omit from their new born baby with curly braces to make a point: "this isn't yet another C++ clone". We're lucky to have them in C and C++, though.

Continue reading...

By Danny KalevCommentsSeptember 27, 2009
Topics: Programming, C/C++

Attributes Related Issues

People ask me for my opinion about attributes. Unlike with concepts (and several other harmful features that I've criticized before), I'm quite neutral about attributes. I don't think they're the best feature of C++0x nor are they the most sought-after feature but they certainly have the potential of solving certain programming issues that have hitherto been too loosely defined in the Standard, e.g., alignment.  

Continue reading...

By Danny KalevCommentsSeptember 14, 2009
Topics: Programming, C/C++

An Interview with Bjarne Stroustrup about Concepts and C++'s Future

A lot has been said and written about the C++ standards committee decision to remove concepts from C++0x. I was among the first to report it on Informit and on other sites but recently several other independent accounts have been posted. "What happened in Frankfurt" by Douglas Gregor is one of the best reports about this issue because Gregor downplay or hide the disagreements and technical problems that arose prior to the decision to remove concepts.  

Continue reading...

By Danny KalevCommentsAugust 7, 2009
Topics: Programming, C/C++

The C++ Features I Like Most Series: Local Classes

With all due modesty, I believe that the first article to recognize the potential of local classes in C++ was a C++ 10 Minute Solution from 2004 which introduced the "disposable classes" idiom. Prior to that article, local classes were merely a recondite curiosity in the C++98 standard. What's so special about local classes then? Local classes have served C++ twice: in refuting the claim that C++ needed to import finally and later, in the design of C++09 lambdas.

Continue reading...

By Danny KalevCommentsDecember 28, 2008
Topics: Programming, C/C++

The C++ Features I Like Most Series: Static, Free-Store and Automatic Storage Types

Not many programming languages support three storage types; even among the ones that do, very few allow the programmer to control precisely which type of storage will be used, for every variable and object. This diversity comes at a price: C++ memory management is hard to teach and learn, and it imposes more responsibility on the shoulders of the programmer. But this storage types diversity is also one of C++'s strengths. Without this diversity C++ wouldn't be C++ -- the C++ I like, that is.

Continue reading...

By Danny KalevCommentsDecember 16, 2008
Topics: Programming, C/C++

1 2 3 4 5 Next >