Presenter Interviews: Kate Gregory

In this week’s presenter interview, Kevin Carpenter welcomes back Kate Gregory to preview her upcoming talk Naming is Hard: Let’s Do Better. Kate’s talk will discuss how bad we as C++ developers can be when it comes to naming things and how we could improve.

Check back next week for another CppCon 2019 presenter interview.

#include<C++> Sponsorships

#include<C++> is accepting applications for sponsorship to CppCon 2019.

Sponsorships will cover registration, travel, accommodation, and both the Meet the Speakers Banquet and the #include<C++> Celebration Dinner.

Applications are open through August 16th, to any candidate from an under-represented background with regard to the usual CppCon attendees.

The sponsorships are crowdfunded through a GoFundMe campaign that has not quite yet reached its funding goal. Please consider donating to show your support for this sponsorship opportunity.

[Sponsorship Application Form]

[GoFundMe campaign]

 

#include<C++> Celebration Dinner

Join members of #include<C++> for a celebration dinner on the evening of Wednesday, September 18th. Meet other attendees who value inclusion and diversity, and network with some of the most influential members of the C++ community. If you are alone at the conference, be sure to come to the dinner to meet people and feel more connected. If you’re “the only one” from your team come and connect to a larger group and share advice and support.

Kate GregoryAfter a buffet dinner there will be a panel discussion moderated by Kate Gregory, and then there will be more time to strengthen friendships and learn from each other. It will be a special evening – please be part of it!

Note: if cost is an issue for you, please contact #include<C++> to apply for a scholarship to the dinner. Limited numbers are available. If you are able to contribute to the scholarship fund and ensure another attendee is able to benefit from the dinner, they’d love to hear from you, too.

(This option was added to registration late, so attendees that registered early might have missed it. Since it is a stand-alone registration option, just register again selecting only this item.)

You can register here.

Presenter Interviews: Clare Macrae, Eric Niebler, and David Hollman

Over the next few weeks we’re going to bring you some great interviews with CppCon 2019 presenters, conducted by our own Kevin Carpenter.  Each one is a quick look at what you can expect from their talk.

This week we’re pleased to introduce Clare Macrae, with a sneak peak at her talk, Quickly Testing Legacy C++ Code with Approval Tests. Clare describes how Approval Tests can help you get coverage for your legacy code.

Kevin also brings us Eric Niebler and David Hollman discussing their upcoming talk, A Unifying Abstraction for Async in C++.

Join us each Monday for another set of presenter interviews.

CppCon 2019 Program Available

Ben SmithThe program for CppCon 2019 is now live!

We’ll have almost 150 regular sessions delivered by the best C++ presenters in the industry, many returning from previous years as well as some exciting new voices. We’ll have seven or eight concurrent tracks full of sessions containing C++ best practices and what you need to know about C++17 and even what is planned for C++20, including one track devoted to Back to Basics talks.

In addition to the main program, we’ll have panels, lightning talks, Open Content talks, BOFs, author signings, exhibitors, standards committee meetings, community social events, workshops, classes, and some awesome headline speakers.

Most of the program is published, but we are still working a few things, like categorizing talks and a few surprises, so keep checking back.

We’d like to thank the Program Committee, our speakers, and the many professionals who proposed talks which we, unfortunately, just couldn’t squeeze in this year. Thank you for your hard work and enthusiastic support for this year’s program!

If you aren’t certain that you want to join us in Aurora this September, watch the attendee video from last year!

If you recognize someone you know, let them know that you’ll see them in September.

Sponsored Child Care Available for 2019

CppCon is announcing an Official Child Care Provider and new Child Care Sponsor.

Parenting responsibilities can make conference attendance challenging. Consistent with our mission to be the conference where the C++ community gathers to engage with itself, CppCon doesn’t want the lack of a child care option to prevent anyone from attending.

KidsTown: Drop-In Child Care CenterThe conference has selected KidsTown, located in Aurora, just twenty minutes from the Gaylord Rockies Hotel and Convention Center, as the Official Child Care provider for CppCon.

The KidsTown philosophy is to provide a safe and secure environment, while providing children with a fun, exciting, and entertaining place to visit. KidsTown’s professional staff strive to make each visit a new and positive experience, where children learn new skills, play with new toys, participate in group games and circle time activities, create art projects, and interact socially with other children. These activities are scheduled throughout the day to encourage learning in new areas and to provide children with additional social, physical and cognitive development.

To enroll your child in this service, please complete the CppCon Child Care Enrollment, by September 1st, the deadline for child care registration.

C++ AllianceThe support of The C++ Alliance, this year’s Child Care Sponsor, has made it possible for us to provide this service (for a limited number of children) at no cost to attendees.

If you’d like more information about this service, please contact us at Child Care <childcare@cppcon.org>.

The conference thanks both KidsTown and the C++ alliance for making this possible for CppCon attendees.

Back to Basics Track Announced

We are adding a new track to the seven existing tracks that make CppCon the largest C++ conference ever held, every year.

This new track, dubbed the Back to Basics Track, boasts some of today’s top tech trainers. These teachers commit themselves to coming up with classes that make the complicated clear and put the power and performance potential of C++ within the purview of every programmer.

This year the conference received a significantly larger number of session proposals, we’ve moved to a much larger facility, and we set a record for growth in Early Bird registrations, so we felt an increase in content in order.

Attendees want to hear what the standard committee is doing and the conference has always had more than its share of ISO C++ Committee members presenting new library and language features. But attendees also want learn about the tried-and-true and industry best practices.  We set out to create a series of sessions dedicated to:

What every C++ programmer should know about…

We think this is important enough that we are giving this track its own Opening and Closing Keynote addresses by some of our most popular presenters. This year the track features:

Jason Turner The Best Parts of C++ (Opening Keynote)
Klaus Iglberger Back to Basics: Move Semantics (2 parts)
Dan Saks Back to Basics: Const as a Promise
Arthur O’Dwyer Back to Basics: RAII and the Rule of Zero
Rainer Grimm Back to Basics: Atomics, Locks, and Tasks (2 parts)
Jon Kalb Back to Basics: Object-Oriented Programming
Fedor Pikus Back to Basics: Test-Driven Development
Ben Saks Back to Basics: Understanding Value Categories
Dan Saks Back to Basics: Function and Class Templates
Arthur O’Dwyer Back to Basics: Smart Pointers
Inbal Levi Back to Basics: Virtual Dispatch and Its Alternatives
Ben Saks Back to Basics: Exception Handling and Exception Safety
Arthur O’Dwyer Back to Basics: Lambdas from Scratch
Arthur O’Dwyer Back to Basics: Type Erasure
Chandler Carruth & Titus Winters What is C++ (Closing Keynote)
Chandler Carruth Titus Winters

 

Many thanks to Arthur O’Dwyer, Back to Basic Track Chair.

Khronos Group to Sponsor Quiet Rooms at CppCon 2019

Khronos Group Quiet Room Sponsorship

Khronos GroupWe are happy to announce the Khronos Group Quiet Room Sponsorship. The Khronos Group is making it possible for us to provide not one, but two one-thousand square foot rooms to provide attendees with the down-time opportunity they need to stay at their best during CppCon 2019.

CppCon is an intense conference

CppCon is so intense that Kate Gregory wrote about it in her 2015 blog post, Surviving an intense conference. This was from the second year of the conference’s existence. The conference has only gotten more intense in the last four years, making the advise she gives even more valuable.

CppCon has five days (nine if you include classes) full of content from 08:00 to 22:00. An event-filled week made up of very long days.

There are twenty classes, a field trip, over seven tracks of breakout sessions, daily plenary talks, BoFs, Open Content sessions, dinners, author signings, a poster competition, podcasts recorded onsite, the conference-swag shop, exhibitors, panels, a bookstore, a day-long ISO C++ Study Group meeting, lightning talks, and a Tool Time session.

All this, but the most important part is, there are over a thousand attendees, including over a hundred speakers, who you want to meet and who want to engage with you.

No one can do it all.

Taking care of you

You’ll get the most out of the conference if you are at your best and staying at your best means getting the quiet time you need. Staying at the Gaylord Rockies makes it possible, during a single breakout session, to slip back to your room, catch a cat nap, and return refreshed for the next session.

Khronos Quiet Rooms

An even nearer and quicker option are the Khronos Quiet Rooms, which will be the perfect place for you to recharge yourself and your devices while reading email, editing slides, fixing bugs, or just relaxing between events. They are not for conversations, either in person or on the phone, nor for listening to anything without headphones, because we want to make certain they are relaxing for other attendees as well.

CppCon 2019 Call for Poster Submissions

Are you doing something cool with C++? Got a great new library, technique, or tool?

We want you to share it with the C++ community by creating a poster and presenting it at CppCon 2019!

The poster submissions deadline is July 29th, with decisions sent by August 6th. For topic ideas, submission instructions, and advice on making the best possible submission, see the 2019 Poster Submissions page.

 

Early Bird Registration Ends Monday

No matter when you register for CppCon 2019, you be able to :

  • Meet with
    • over a thousand other professional C++ engineers, including
      • book, blog, and library authors,
      • standards committee members,
      • compiler and other tool implementers, and
      • teachers and trainers
    • scores of the best presenters in the industry, and
    • exhibitors from all over the world
  • Attend
    • five days of seven or eight tracks of peer-reviewed presentations,
    • daily plenary talks from recognized industry leaders (see below),
    • multiple lightning talk sessions,
    • expert panels and special sessions,
    • poster presentations, and
    • social events.

But if you do it by this Monday, you save enough money to treat yourself and a friend to the conference Meet the Speakers banquet.

To help you decide, we are announcing our line up of plenary speakers:

AndreiAlexandrescu

Andrei Alexandrescu

Andrei’s talk will be a deep dive on variants of classic sorting algorithms. You might think that sorting has been studied to death and is a solved problem. But Andrei thinks there is more learn. Along the way he’ll share many wondrous surprises and teach us how to cope with the puzzling behavior of modern complex architectures.

Ben Smith

Ben will use a top-down approach to show how WebAssembly can solve a real-world problem.

His challenge is to build a Compiler Explorer-like tool that doesn’t require a server. He will show how to compile C++ code in the browser and run the resulting executable sandboxed in the browser.

Ben Smith
Bjarne Stroustrup

Bjarne Stroustrup

C++ is turning forty. In a talk that both looks back and looks forward, Bjarne will ask the question, What is C++?

He will answer by looking at C++20, as a modern language, not treating it as a layer cake of features, but as integrated whole discussing how classes, templates, lambdas, and the other components of the language fit together.

Herb Sutter

Herb is going to discuss exceptions and RTTI, the only two features in C++ that violate the the zero-overhead principle. These features have divided our community. This talk is about ongoing long-term efforts to try to unify the community, not by replacing exceptions and RTTI, but by doubling down: fully embracing exceptions and RTTI, and improving them so they can be zero-overhead too.

Herb Sutter
Sean Parent

Sean Parent

Computer scientists are bad at relationships. Nearly every program crash is rooted in a mismanaged relationship, yet we spend most of our time discussing types and functions and not the relationships connecting them together. Sean’s talk looks at common ways data and code are connected in an application, how those relationships are typically represented, and the problems caused by the use, and misuse of these paradigms.

These five speakers will be joined by over one hundred of the best presenters in the industry as well as over a thousand top C++ programmers that want to engage with you, sharing their insight and experience. Do not miss the chance to join them all in Aurora this September.

Don’t delay, register today.