SPA Cambridge Talk - Test Driven Development

Sat 13 October 2007 by Garry Bodsworth

After an extended summer break the SPA Cambridge talks are back. A change of venue to Anglia Ruskin University has now happened which is much better due to close vicinity to many pubs which was a problem with the Microsoft Research venue. Thee events are organised by Mark Dalgarno and ...

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ACCU Cambridge Talk - Closing The Case For Groovy

Sat 13 October 2007 by Garry Bodsworth

Two weeks ago I attended the latest ACCU Cambridge meeting called Closing The Case For Groovy presented by Russel Winder. It was very kindly hosted by Displaylink again.

This talk was about dynamic languages concentrating mainly on Groovy. It is a dynamic language which is compiled into JVM bytecode meaning ...

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Virtualisation - An Understanding

Sat 13 October 2007 by Garry Bodsworth

It's amazing how many mistakes it is possible to make when attempting to understand a concept. Up until a couple of weeks ago I had some misconceptions about virtualisation. I've used it through VMWare and have viewed it as a way to have a virtual layer on top ...

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GUI Toolkits - MFC v9 - Visual Studio 2008

Wed 03 October 2007 by Garry Bodsworth en en 

This is a sad thing to get me excited but Microsoft seems to have been keeping something up its sleeve for Visual Studio 2008. Normally nothing is a surprise with Microsoft and I had assumed that we had seen all we would from VS2008 in the latest beta.

As it ...

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GUI Toolkits - Some thoughts

Mon 01 October 2007 by Garry Bodsworth

I mentioned a couple of posts back that I was going to put some thought into GUI subjects and maybe trying out writing a simple toolkit.

I was thinking abut which way to jump with trying to write a toolkit. First of all what should it be based on? Should ...

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One Year Old

Mon 01 October 2007 by Garry Bodsworth

It's hard to believe this blog has been going for one year as of today. I can't believe I actually remembered this since I never managed to spot my 100th or 200th post.

It has been quite a year really. NC Graphics were taken over by PTC meaning ...

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Useful Tools For VS2005

Thu 27 September 2007 by Garry Bodsworth

Visual Studio 2005 provides a very decent IDE to work with (if you overlook the crashing and disappearing into black holes). There hasn't been much focus on the native C++ side of the IDE for a while, which means it does lack some useful features.

One of those tools ...

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GUI Toolkits - The Forgotten Part Of My Blog

Wed 26 September 2007 by Garry Bodsworth

I have been doing this blog nearly a year now and certainly in 2007 I have neglected GUI coverage. The main problem is that there hasn't been a huge amount of impressive work on the open-source front and those libraries that showed the most promise are languishing in Sourceforge ...

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ACCU Cambridge Talk - October

Wed 26 September 2007 by Garry Bodsworth

It's hard to believe it is nearly October. The bad part is getting older, the better part though is that the ACCU talk is coming up. See the website here.

This month is about dynamic languages and is called "Closing the Case for Groovy (and Ruby, and Python)" by ...

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ACCU Cambridge Talk - The Missing Link

Tue 11 September 2007 by Garry Bodsworth

This month's ACCU Cambridge "The Missing Link" talk was held at the DisplayLink offices on the 6th of September. Presenting the talk was Peter Smith who is part of the linker team at ARM.

The Missing Link talk was about the role of the linker in software development. The ...

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EASTL And Allocators

Mon 10 September 2007 by Garry Bodsworth

A few months back a document appeared on the Internet about EASTL. It details alterations to the STL that Electronic Arts implemented (as well as their own version of the STL) to meet its requirements for standard containers and algorithms. It has been published on the C++ standardisation website as ...

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Upcoming Computing Talks In Cambridge

Tue 04 September 2007 by Garry Bodsworth

There are a couple of talks coming up in Cambridge in the next couple of weeks. We're lucky here in Cambridge that there is anything like this to go to as I can't find many instances of this throughout the country.

First up we have ACCU a group ...

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Visual Studio 2005 autoexp.dat for STLPort debugging

Thu 30 August 2007 by Garry Bodsworth

From the contents of my previous post I have created an autoexp.dat for download (Visual Studio 2005 only). You can get it here.

Simply copy the extracted file into C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\Packages\Debugger

Visual Studio 2008 will work if you follow the instructions ...

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Debugging STLPort in Visual Studio - autoexp.dat

Thu 30 August 2007 by Garry Bodsworth

We use STLPort for our C++ standard library as it is substantially faster than the one supplied with Visual Studio 2005. I have expended quite a lot of energy trying to get the Microsoft STL to speed up more, with custom allocators and the suchlike. The reason I pursued it ...

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Lots of source code - GUIs and MFC

Sat 25 August 2007 by Garry Bodsworth

It has been difficult to find the time to blog recently, but this news is really interesting. One of the MFC extension toolkits Ultimate Toolbox has decided to give away its product for free on the CodeProject.

It provides MFC extensions for more modern looking MFC applications like the Office ...

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GUI Toolkits: Qt and Eclipse

Thu 09 August 2007 by Garry Bodsworth

There is now a Qt integration into Eclipse provided by the good folks at Trolltech.

You can check out the press release here.

There is a sneak peak article here and you can download it here. The best thing about it is certainly the integrated form editor.

There is a ...

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Eclipse CDT For Windows - Wascana

Thu 09 August 2007 by Garry Bodsworth

Wascana is the name of the CDT for Windows project run by the excellent Doug Schaefer. It provides an installer with Eclipse, the compiler and loads of exras. The plan is to create a really good Windows desktop IDE.

Keep an eye on it over the next few weeks as ...

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MinGW GCC 4.2 released

Thu 09 August 2007 by Garry Bodsworth

Well, it's not a full release, but a beta type release. MinGW has released GCC 4.2 on Windows is now available.

The first proper version 4 release will be 4.3 when it is released. This is because Windows will become a properly supported platform as historically MinGW ...

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More LLVM and Clang

Thu 02 August 2007 by Garry Bodsworth

Check out the Google Talk and slides about LLVM and Clang here.

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C++ - Boostcon

Thu 02 August 2007 by Garry Bodsworth

Back in May Boostcon took placein May this year. I have posted previously about some of the already available talk slides (see the Adobe ones here). See my previous post here.

There are a couple of new articles here and here that make interesting reading. Also an attendee has some ...

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