Program Published, Bjarne Stroustrup Keynote, T-Shirt Design Contest

Bjarne StroustrupThe full program for CppCon 2016 has been published! This year we have over 100 regular sessions, in addition to panels, lightning talks and some awesome keynote and plenary speakers. We’ll have six concurrent tracks running for most of the conference.

Speaking of keynotes, it’s our pleasure to announce that Bjarne Stroustrup, the creator of C++, will be returning to CppCon to give the opening keynote, The Evolution of C++: Past, Present, and Future:

This is a philosophical talk. It deals with ideals, aims, and ways of approximating those. It deals with practical constraints and risks. It gives short examples. It presents a perspective of what drives the evolution of C++. What is C++ and what it must become over the next years for its success to continue? This involves both social and technical points. Towards the end, I discuss the direction of C++ future evolution, give some opinions, point to urgently needed new features, and discuss how to manage until they are part of the standard.

We also have a special treat for swag-loving attendees – we’ll be selecting the CppCon 2016 t-shirt design via an open contest. The t-shirts are included with Early Bird registration, and are also available as a separate purchase when registering online.

— Bryce Adelstein Lelbach

Program Preview: Concurrency, Modules, Finance

Speaking for the first time in the US, Anthony Williams, one of the original authors of Boost.Thread and the author of C++ Concurrency in Action will be joining us this year at CppCon! His talk, The Continuing Future of Concurrency in C++, will provide overview of the additions to the standard C++ concurrency libraries in the Technical Specifications for Concurrency and Parallelism and the C++14 and C++17 standards. These additions include: continuations, latches, barriers, atomic smart pointers, shared ownership mutexes, executors, concurrent queues, distributed counters, coroutines, parallel algorithms and more.

Hans Boehm, the chair of the C++ standards committee’s concurrency and parallelism study group (SG1), will also be speaking at CppCon this year. Hans may be best known for his work on the Boehm garbage collector, but he’s also one of the chief architects of the C++ memory model. Hans will be talking about Using Weakly Ordered Atomics Correctly.

We have plenty more content on concurrency in this year’s program, including:

Richard Smith, the project editor for the C++ standards committee and the code owner for the Clang project will be at CppCon 2016. In his talk, There and Back Again: An Incremental C++ Modules Design, Richard will share the Clang community’s experience with modules and discuss the direction of modules standardization efforts.

We have a few other talks on modules:

Finally, some talks of interest to the financial industry:

It’s not too late to register for CppCon 2016! Come join us in September!

— Bryce Adelstein Lelbach

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Dan Saks Keynote and More Program Previews (Embedded, Coroutines and Accelerators)

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I’m very pleased to announce that Dan Saks will be one of our keynotes this year! Dan is one of the world’s leading experts on the C and C++ programming languages and their use in developing embedded systems.

He is the president of Saks & Associates, which offers training and consulting in C, C++ and embedded programming. Dan has previously served as secretary of the ANSI and ISO C++ Standards committees and as a member of the ANSI C Standards committee.

Dan used to write the “Programming Pointers” column for embedded.com. He has also written for numerous publications including The C/C++ Users Journal, The C++ Report, The Journal of C Language Translation, Software Development, Embedded Systems Design and Dr. Dobb’s Journal. With Thomas Plum, he wrote C++ Programming Guidelines, which won a 1992 Computer Language Magazine Productivity Award. He has presented at conferences such as Software Development and Embedded Systems. More recently, he contributed to the CERT Secure C Coding Standard and the CERT Secure C++ Coding Standard.

Dan’s keynote, extern “C”: Talking to C Programmers About C++, will be about migrating C code (and C programmers) to modern C++:

Most of us have heard this story. We’ve even told it ourselves…

C++ is nearly all of C, plus a whole lot more. Migrating code from C to C++ is pretty easy. Moreover, the migration itself can yield immediate benefits by exposing questionable type conversions that can be sources of latent bugs. After migration, the code performs as well in C++ as in the original C. And now that it’s C++, you have ready access to a wealth of advanced features you can (but don’t have to) use to implement enhancements.

Who wouldn’t want that? Legions of C programmers, apparently.

Despite the success of C++ in numerous application domains, C remains considerably more popular, especially in embedded, automotive, and aerospace applications. In many cases, projects resist C++ because their managers think the risks outweigh the benefits. In other cases, the resistance comes from programmers who persist in believing bad things about C++, even when those things aren’t true.

What can the C++ community do to overcome this resistance? Drawing on lessons from cognitive science, linguistics and psychology, and (of course) computer science, this talk offers suggestions about how to make the case for C++ more persuasive to C programmers.


We’ve got some program previews from three tracks today:

Here’s some of our content on embedded programming:

We’ve also got a lot of great talks about the upcoming Coroutines TS:

And finally, some talks about accelerator and GPU programming:

Come join us at CppCon in Bellevue this September – registration is still open!

— Bryce Adelstein Lelbach

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Program Preview: Algorithms, Exceptions and Games

We have an exciting week ahead of us as we start announcing the CppCon 2016 program. The full program will be published next Sunday. Until then, we’ll broadcast a handful of talks each day. Make sure to check tomorrow’s preview – we’ll reveal one of the keynotes!

Let’s start off with some sessions about generic algorithms in the standard library:

We also have a few talks about exceptions to share:

The gaming community has always been a part of CppCon, and this year is no exception. Here’s some of the game development content that you’ll see at CppCon this year:

If you want to come join us for CppCon 2016, there’s still time to register!

— Bryce Adelstein Lelbach

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Program Preview: Data Structures

We have a program! We received over 175 submissions for CppCon this year, and we accepted about 100 of them. In a few days, we’ll post the full six-track schedule. Until then, here’s a preview of some excellent talks about data structures:

If you want to come join us for CppCon 2016, there’s still time to register!

— Bryce Adelstein Lelbach

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2016 Call for Poster Submissions

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CppCon is pleased to announce its first Poster Session, with the objective to foster conversation around the multitude of exciting projects, approaches, design patterns, and integrations that the C++ community is engaged in. We invite developers in industry, academia, and beyond, to express ideas, demo projects and work with a strong C++ focus, in poster format. Poster submission deadline is July 17, 2016. See the Poster Submission Page for more information.

CppCon 2016 Call for Submissions

CppCon is the annual, week-long face-to-face gathering for the entire C++ community. The conference is organized by the C++ community for the community and so we invite you to present.

Have you learned something interesting about C++, maybe a new technique possible in C++11/14? Or perhaps you have implemented something cool related to C++, maybe a new C++ library? If so, consider sharing it with other C++ enthusiasts by giving a talk at CppCon 2016. Submissions deadline is May 22 with decisions sent by June 26. For topic ideas, possible formats, and submission instructions, see the Submissions page.

Registration for CppCon 2016 is Open

Registration is now open for CppCon 2016 to be held September 18-23, 2016 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington, USA.

CppCon is the annual, week-long face-to-face gathering for the entire C++ community. The conference is organized by the C++ community for the community. You will enjoy inspirational talks and a friendly atmosphere designed to help attendees learn from each other, meet interesting people, and generally have a stimulating experience. Taking place this year in the beautiful Seattle neighborhood and including multiple diverse tracks, the conference will appeal to anyone from C++ novices to experts.

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What you can expect at CppCon:

  • Pre-conference classes: Choose from six exciting classes:
  • Field trip to Living Computer Museum: Join us Sunday afternoon before registration for a chance to meet other attendees and interact with historic hardware.
  • Invited talks and panels: Expect a week full of insight from some of the world’s leading experts in C++. Still have questions? Ask them at one of CppCon’s panels featuring those at the cutting edge of the language.
  • Presentations by the C++ community: What do embedded systems, game development, high frequency trading, and particle accelerators have in common? C++, of course! Expect talks from a broad range of domains experts focused on practical C++ techniques, libraries, and tools.
  • Lightning talks: Get informed at a fast pace during special sessions of short, less formal talks. Never presented at a conference before? This is your chance to share your thoughts on a C++-related topic in an informal setting.
  • Evening events and “unconference” time: Relax, socialize, or start an impromptu coding session.

CppCon’s goal is to encourage the best use of C++ while preserving the diversity of viewpoints and experiences. The conference is a project of the Standard C++ Foundation, a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to support the C++ software developer community and promote the understanding and use of modern, standard C++ on all compilers and platforms.

Announcing 2016 Dates

Save the date for the week of September 18th next year. Building on the success of “Modernizer Your C++,” this year’s pre-conference class, we will be offering several two-day classes on September 17th and 18th. Registration and reception will be on the 18th and sessions will be the 19th though the 23rd.

Pre-Conference Class Registration Reception Sessions

Call for Class Proposals

The conference is asking for instructors to submit proposals for classes to be taught in conjunction with next September’s CppCon 2016.

If you are interested in teaching such a class, please contact us at info@cppcon.org and we’ll send you an instructors’ prospectus and address any questions that you might have.