Okay, a quick update on the site’s pending rearrangement. Firstly, tutorials are in fact going to stay as posts, not pages. I decided I didn’t want a static front page, but I don’t want general “blog” content on the front page either, so thing’s will have to stay as they are. Secondly, I’m finding more and more as I write tutorials that I have to bother going into detail about which software to install and so on and so forth. This is not only time consuming for me, but also probably annoying for the majority of you who have the software already. But I have a solution: I’m going to write a few new posts about setting up “development environments” on Windows and Unix. Then, when I do a tutorial, I’ll just assume you’ve done all the setup in the other post. In fact, I’m thinking I might more generally put a little “prerequisites” and “recommended reading” section at the top of each tutorial. That way, we can focus on the new stuff, but all the background material is easily available to those who need it.
Summary of Content
Naturally there’ll be one for Windows and one for Linux/Unix, each with various subsections. Now, I don’t want to spend too long writing these setup tutorials, but I do want to keep everyone happy So here’s a quick list of what I’ll cover in each one – lot me know if there’s anything you really want added!
- Visual C++
- Text editor (e.g. vim)
These last few will be covered in both tutorials, although the specifics will be a little different of course.
Right. Unfortunately I just haven’t had the time to write any posts about building Boost today… The computer’s been out of action all day so far as I’ve been replacing my broken motherboard and installing my after market heatsink and fan, which I I mentioned a few days back. So instead, I’ll just share a few words about that and Boost can wait until tomorrow.
I can certainly say that the fan is really, really quiet, and temperatures appear to be lower than with the stock cooler (I say stock – it certainly looks like Intel’s socket 775 stock cooler, but the fan has an Akasa sticker…). I haven’t had a chance to do any temperature readings under stress yet, so we’ll see how things go. When I have a chance I’ll be trying a little light overclocking too so I’ll let you know how that goes… I’m hoping to get my 2.83Ghz CPU up to a stable 3.4, but I haven’t overclocked before so I don’t know if that’s realistic with my relatively cheap cooler.
At present, I am just reinstalling all my Windows software. I’m hoping to have a minute to play around with ASUS Express Gate, since it appears not to be working out of the box… And then? Well it’s coming up to midnight local time and yet I’m still hoping to not only reinstall Linux Mint, but also successfully install Gentoo (which involves compiling my own kernel ). Still, I’ll see how things go, and I’ll try to sleep a little bit before my early start tomorrow…
You’ve probably already heard, but there’s a big upcoming C++ conference from everyone’s favourite friendly software giant, Microsoft. Actual seats are, of course, all booked up. But you can watch online. If you can spare the time, watch as many as you can. It’s a great opportunity to learn the language from the big names of the industry, including Bjarne Stroustrup himself! And they’ll be available on demand, as well as live, so there’s no excuse to miss them. Have fun!
I’ve just added a donations button to the site. You’ll see it in the top right hand corner, and you can also find one on the donations page. I understand that most of you probably can’t spare any cash – especially right now in the midst of the economic crisis – but if you can, donations would be appreciated. I want to get more tutorials up and coming again, but it does take a lot of time and time costs money…
We’ve lost Dennis Ritchie, John McCarthy and Steve Jobs this month, and as such Herb Sutter wrote a short poem. You may as well take a look if you haven’t already.
I know I’m a bit late to the scene, and I don’t think it’s worth my trying to write a piece on Dennis Ritchie as there are so many good ones already out there. However, I think it’s a great shame that his death passed by almost unnoticed for the general public, perhaps cast into shadow by that of Steve Jobs, whose contributions may be easier for the average user to appreciate. Nonetheless, Ritchie’s work for the advancement of computing and technology was outstanding. I would argue even greater than Jobs’. He designed C, one of the most influential and powerful programming languages of all time. He helped develop Unix, and made it the first portable operating system. He won countless prizes. We at least in the technological world should not let his passing go unsung.
I’ll leave you to your day now, but let’s not let people forget Dennis Ritchie and the great things he’s done for computing and technology. I took the liberty of linking to some other articles below. At least take a glance at the first two.
- Dennis Ritchie (Sutter’s Mill)
- Dennis Ritchie Day (radar.oreilly.com)
- Two major CS deaths (gasstationwithoutpumps.wordpress.com)
- In Memoriam: Dennis Ritchie, Ph.D. (infosecurity.us)
- Dennis Ritchie, 1941-2011 (iontech.wordpress.com)
- Dennis Ritchie left this world like he lived in it, quiet and behind the scenes… (michaelthinks.typepad.com)
- RIP Dennis Ritchie, inventor of C and father of UNIX (tranphuochung.wordpress.com)