Impressions from the ISO C++ committee meetings in Issaquah

Last week I was in Redmond for the Microsoft MVP 2016 Summit. At the same time, the ISO C++ committee was having its fall meeting in Issaquah, which is very close to Redmond. Therefore, after the summit ended, a group of VC++ MVPs, including myself, decided to make the short trip to Issaquah and attend…

A better date and time C++ library

C++11 added a date and time utility library called chrono, available in namespace std::chrono and header <chrono>. The problem with it is that the library is a general purpose one and therefore lacks many useful features, such as working with dates, weeks, calendars, timezones and other related features. Fortunately, a rich date and time library…

C++17 standard a major… disappointment

C++17 was supposed to be a major update of the C++ ISO standard. After the Jacksonville meeting (29.02 – 05.03) it looks like it’s rather going to be a major disappointment. I’m not trying to downplay the things that have been voted into the C++17 standard so far, but all major features we hoped for…

UNICODE support in the C++ Standard

The Oxford meeting of the ISO C++ standards committee between 15-20 April resulted in new features beeing into the draft paper of the C++0x standard. One of the features refer to Unicode support: a new header, called <cuchar>, was introduced. This header makes available new built-in types char16_t and char32_t, as well as new prefixes…