ACCU 2019 trip report

This year I was ready. I had prepared a stock of jokes about Britain, its food, its weather, the absence of good wine and the tumultuous relationship with the EU. It was time for ACCU 2019.

This year’s edition of ACCU was held from April 10th to April 13th, in Bristol as always. I arrived a day earlier from Paris after a short stop in France which was supposed to offer some supply of good weather and trips to a few winemakers in preparation for the harsh conditions of Great Britain.

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How do you keep up with tech in your game?

While the majority of videogames have a relatively short lifespan, some are still actively developed for years or even decades after their initial release. Let’s see how they can keep up with new techs.

World of Warcraft was initially released in 2004. Wikipedia tells me the latest expansion was published last summer, 14 years after release. The original game could run on Windows 98. Today it requires both hardware and software that didn’t exist at release.

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Copy and Swap, 20 years later

Copy and Swap is an elegant (if venerable) C++ idiom than I learnt to appreciate for quite some time without much afterthought. It’s simple, clean and does the job. But is there a catch?

Once upon a time, in the 90s, we started preaching one of the oldest pillars of Modern C++ that is RAII. We taught programmers the simple rule that a constructor must leave an object in a usable state, that we should able to copy it, and that the destructor must clean all owned resources, no matter what.

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CppCon 2018 trip report

This was my third CppCon and (spoiler warning) the last one in the Seattle neighborhood. Time for a trip report.

CppCon 2018 was held in Bellevue, Washington, on the last week of September this year. Flying from Stockholm proved a bit more painful than from Paris, as no direct flights are offered. My trip started somewhere around 11:15 at ARN, and ended in SEA around an eternity later (official sources settling around 15 hours).

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