Why C++ Sails When the Vasa Sank (Scott Meyers)

The Vasa was a 17th century Swedish warship that suffered such feature creep during construction, it sank leaving the harbor on its maiden voyage.  In the early 1990s, the C++ standardization committee adopted the Vasa as a cautionary tale, discouraging prospective language extensions with "Remember the Vasa!"  Yet C++ continued to grow, and by the time C++ was standardized, its complexity made the Vasa look like a rowboat.   

The Vasa sank, however, while C++ cruised, and it looks likely to continue doing so even as the latest revised standard adds dozens of new features, each with its own idiosyncrasies.  Clearly, C++ has gotten some important things right.  In this talk, Scott Meyers considers the lessons to be learned from the ongoing success of a complex programming language that's some thirty years old, yet very much alive and kicking.

For more information about the speaker see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Meyers

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Check-in will begin at 6PM with Scott Meyers presenting at 7PM. Important: All participants will need to check-in at the front desk (photo ID required).

 

Pizza and refreshments will be provided by Spot Trading. Also representatives from the CBOE have offered to give tours of the trading floor for those interested. Tours can begin as early as 6 and will run until 6:45.

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  • David S.

    Scott's slides are available at http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-C-CPP-Users-Group/files/

    Sorry about the delay! I had to track them down :)

    1 · December 18, 2013

    • Nevin ".

      As for services Meetup doesn't provide such as random number generation, I fail to see why the web site needs to support that. There are plenty of laptops, smart phones and tablets at meetings which can provide that with almost no effort at all. I can even donate a pair of dice to the group if you'd like. Until the other site is the official place, I would recommend that everything be available on the Meetup site and that it all gets moved when you copy everything over (since we wouldn't want to lose our history from discussions, mailing lists, etc.) to the new site. Backing up things to the new site is fine, but it shouldn't be the primary place for anything until it is ready to launch.

      December 26, 2013

    • Jay F. S.

      Nevin, you make a valid point, and you have convinced me that everything on http://ccug.chicago.i...­ should be duplicated on our meetup.com pages until such time as the former website can provide commercial-grade reliability, which it presently does not. I have uploaded Conrad Weisert's PDF to our meetup.com page and shall do the same for Bob Martin next month. I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.

      December 26, 2013

  • sharan

    Were the slides for this event posted somewhere? If anyone can share the link I would appreciate it!

    December 12, 2013

  • Leslie

    Great Presentation, but it makes me wonder why both Scott and Herb feel the need to tell us C++ is doing well and not going away.

    October 18, 2013

  • sharan

    Enjoyed the presentation - very succinct and had all the good stuff well distilled.

    October 17, 2013

  • John S.

    it's gonna be tough to top the last 2 meetups :)

    2 · October 17, 2013

  • Nevin ".

    Scott Meyers is an excellent speaker talking about very relevant material!

    3 · October 17, 2013

  • oxoocoffee

    Yup. Scott Rulez... BTW Who was this barber / hair stylist specialist? I think someone walked in in wrong doors...

    1 · October 17, 2013

  • Jimmy C.

    awesome presentation i would listen Scott Meyers the whole night

    2 · October 17, 2013

  • David S.

    Here is the schedule for tonight!

    6:00 PM Check-In Begins
    6:00-7:00 PM Reception- pizza, soda and water will be served
    6:35-6:50 PM Tour of the CBOE (Only one tour taking place starting at 6:35 PM)
    7:00 PM Presentation – Scott Meyers

    1 · October 17, 2013

    • sharan

      I did RSVP, but wanted to add my name for the tour. Thanks in advance!

      October 17, 2013

  • David S.

    There will be no problem with security tonight. All people need to do is stop by the registration table, sign in and receive a guest sticker badge. A member from the Options Institute will escort groups of 20 (elevator only fits so many people!) up to the room. We don't want to deter anyone from attending.

    --Dave

    1 · October 17, 2013

  • Jung

    Schracter- I'm guessing people aren't using "fake" names. They just don't want to publicly list their full name on a public forum.

    Also please don't beg tonight.

    October 17, 2013

  • Deborah C.

    My +1 will be Li Liu

    October 17, 2013

  • David S.

    It is free.

    1 · October 17, 2013

  • Venkata P.

    Count me in for the tour.

    October 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Count me in for the tour, can't wait!

    October 14, 2013

  • Cesar T.

    Sounds Interesting!

    October 13, 2013

  • Fernando F.

    I look forward to it!

    October 3, 2013

  • Fernando F.

    I look forward to it!

    October 3, 2013

  • Debbie G.

    Debbie Gutman

    October 2, 2013

  • David S.

    Sure! Also let the person at the front desk know when you check-in...

    October 2, 2013

  • Jimmy C.

    cool stuff, be there at 6 for the tour!

    September 29, 2013

  • Ari L.

    A tour of the trading floor sounds neat. Sign me up!

    September 28, 2013

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