Kate Gregory explains in language that a C# guy can understand, what is cool about C++

She then explains:

  • Templates vs Generics
  • Libraries
  • C++ AMP
  • C# Bottlenecks/Pitfalls
  • Unit Testing – Testing code with code
  • Bad Habits with Clients
  • Visual Studio
  • Writing for iPhones/iPads
Show Notes

  • Learn more from Kate about the C++ language: bit.ly/kate_pluralsight
  • C++ AMP = ‘Accelerated Massive Parallelism’
  • Kate’s book on C++ AMP: bit.ly/kateampbook
  • VS 11 is now VS 2012 and has Unit Testing and ALM features. Watch this year’s Tech Ed video: bit.ly/teched_alm
  • Herb Sutter (the Scott Guthrie of C++) explains manual memory management and smart pointers: bit.ly/smartpointers
  • 5.45 Kate Gregory Prophesized the need for the Windows tablet (aka Surface) months before the announcement. Impressive!
  • Kate’s Twitter: @Gregcons
  • Kate’s Blog: gregcons.com/kateblog
About the speakers

About the speakers

Queen of C++

Kate Gregory is in her fourth decade of being paid to program. Her firm, Gregory Consulting Limited, is based in rural Ontario and helps clients adopt new technologies and adjust to the changing business environment. Current work makes heavy use of .NET and Visual C++ for both web and client development, especially for Windows 7 and 8. Managing, mentoring, technical writing, and technical speaking occupy much of her time, but she still writes code every week.

Kate is the author of over a dozen books and speaks at DevTeach, TechEd (USA, Europe, Africa), and TechDays, among others. Kate is a C++ MVP, a founding sponsor of the Toronto .NET Users Group, the founder of the East of Toronto .NET Users group, a member of the INETA speakers bureau, and a member of adjunct faculty at Trent University in Peterborough. Since January 2002 she has been Microsoft Regional Director for Toronto and since January 2004 she has been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional designation for Visual C++. In June 2005 she won the Regional Director of the year award and in February 2011 she was designated Visual C++ MVP of the year for 2010. Kate develops courses on C++, Visual Studio, and Windows programming for Pluralsight and is writing a book on C++ AMP.

Kate’s Twitter: @Gregcons

Kate’s Blog: gregcons.com/kateblog

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