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“Dynamic C++” presentation at Silicon Valley Code Camp

Filed under: Events,News by alex at 06:09

I will speak at the Silicon Valley Code Camp (Oct 6-7 @ Foothill College in Los Altos, CA).

The title of the speech is “Dynamic C++”; here is the description:

The C++ static type system is beneficial in many ways; it can, however, also be a straitjacket. Is there a rationale for dynamic type layer on top of a statically typed language like C++? Given both historical (ANSI C union and void*, Microsoft COM Variant, boost::[variant, any, lexical_cast]) and recent (boost::type_erasure, Facebook folly::dynamic) development trends, the answer is a resounding “yes”.

This presentation is based on Poco::Dynamic::Var (aka Poco::DynamicAny) – a dynamic-typing set of C++ classes; furthermore, it will show the simplicity and practical advantages of mapping ad-hoc generated data sets of unknown type, size, and structure to C++ data structures. Specifically, the presentation demonstrates how to:

  1. Execute a generic “SELECT * FROM Table”;
  2. Dynamically map returned data (row/column count and types) to C++ data structures at runtime;
  3. Format the result as [XML, JSON, HTML, your-favorite-data-format-here];
  4. Stream the resulting formatted string to std::ostream compliant HTTP socket stream.

Surely, this must be very complicated to do in C++, right? Not at all – we’ll demonstrate all of the above done with a single line of code and then peek under the hood to see where/how does the magic happen. Portable? Of course. Scalable? You bet – it’s C++! The content of this presentation fits perfectly into modern AJAXian trends and we’ll prove it with an ExtJS example; it prompts re-thinking of the rationale for (a) employing dynamic languages on the server side or (b) polluting HTML with server-side code.

If you are in the neighborhood or interested enough to travel, register online (it’s free) and stop by for some good time and interesting presentations/discussions. Also, if interested in my speech, indicate it on the Code Camp website so I can gauge what audience size to expect. See you there!

  1. That’s great. I’d love to be there as well.

    Comment by guenter on September 5, 2012, 19:28

  2. Damn. I’m born in the wrong country … Hope to see the presentation online …

    Comment by Franky Braem on September 6, 2012, 08:28

  3. Wow =) I’d love to be there and listen to this topic. I’m aware of type erasure but never had chance to use that the level you suggested

    Comment by Viet on September 18, 2012, 10:21

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