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Thursday, October 28 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Embracing PODs Safely Until They Die

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How do you change the active member of a union? Can you copy an object without
a publicly callable copy constructor? Can you pass classes having private data to
a function implemented in C? What is the use case for the library type trait
`std::is_trivially_move_assignable`? All these questions and more will be answered
in this session.

PODs --- Plain Old Data --- are neither plain nor old in C++11, and continued to
evolve in every published standard since, until they were finally banished in C++20.
In researching the deconstruction of PODs for the upcoming book, "Embracing
Modern C++ Safely" Alisdair Meredith (and the other authors including John
Lakos, Vittorio Romeo, and Rostislav Khlebnikov) discovered that many of the
intuitive properties and capabilities of trivial and standard layout types did not
behave quite as expected, and there are many subtleties waiting to catch the
unwary. Nina Ranns, as an active member of the Core working group, stepped in
to explain and resolve many concerns, while pointing out further bad assumptions.
Together they will present the use cases, pitfalls, and annoyances of these features
as now properly understood, giving a flavor of the presentation style of each of the
57 C++11/14 features presented in the book.

Speakers
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Alisdair Meredith

Alisdair Meredith is a software developer at BloombergLP in New York, and a previous chair of the C++ Standard Committee Library Working Group. He has been an active member of the C++ committee for almost two decades, and by a lucky co-incidence his first meeting was the kick-off... Read More →
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Nina Ranns

Nina Ranns has been a member of the C++ standard committee since 2013, focusing mostly on the core part of the language, and committee secretary since 2018. Throughout her career she has worked for Siemens, Motorola, Datasift, and Symantec on everything from parts of the UMTS network... Read More →


Thursday October 28, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
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