Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Keynote at DConf in Berlin on May 5

The folks behind the annual conference for the D programming language offered me a soapbox for my most fundamental beliefs about software and software development, so on Friday, 5 May, I'll be speaking in Berlin at DConf about

Things That Matter

In the 45+ years since Scott Meyers wrote his first program, he’s played many roles: programmer, user, educator, researcher, consultant. Different roles beget different perspectives on software development, and so many perspectives over so much time have led Scott to strong views about the things that really matter. In this presentation, he’ll share what he believes is especially important in software and software development, and he’ll try to convince you to embrace the same ideas he does.
Because this isn't a C++ talk, I sent the DConf organizers a more general bio than I usually use. It may include some things about me you don't know, so perhaps you'll find it interesting:
Scott Meyers started programming in 1971, and he started teaching programming in 1972. He’s best known for his Effective C++ books, but he’s also worked on constraint expression for programming languages, program representations in development environments, software simulations of bacteriophage lambda, general principles for improving software quality, and the effective presentation of technical information. In 2009, he received the Dr. Dobb’s Excellence in Programming Award, and in 2014, an online poll likened his hair style to that of the cartoon character, He-Man.
If you're working with or interested in D, I encourage you to consider attending the conference. If so, be sure to stop by and say hello after my talk!

Scott

Friday, February 3, 2017

By the Numbers: The Great Foreign Edition Book Giveaway

A couple of months ago, I offered to give away foreign editions of my books, asking recipients only that they reimburse me for the postage. Here are some numbers associated with the giveaway.
  • 112: Books I had to give away.
  • 70: Books I gave away. (There were no requests for the others.)
  • 65: People who requested books.
  • 37: People I sent books to. (It wasn't possible to satisfy all requests.)
  • 13: People whose requests overlooked the requirement to include a mailing address. (Such requests were moved to the bottom of the priority list. Some still got satisfied, because they were for books for which no higher-priority requests came through. In those cases, I pinged the requesters for mailing addresses.)
  • 21: Countries to which I was asked to send books.
  • 13: Countries to which I sent books. (It still wasn't possible to satisfy all requests.)
  • 26: Requests for Effective Modern C++ in Russian (the most frequently requested book).
  • 1: Copies of Effective Modern C++ in Russian I had to give away.
  • 5: Maximum number of books sent to any single requester. (These books were in Japanese, but the mailing address was in Sweden, and the request came from someone with an email provider in Italy, so it appears that an Italian in Sweden requested books in Japanese :-}.)
  • 905.65: Total cost of postage for books I sent (in US dollars).
  • 75.4: Percent of this cost I've so far been reimbursed.
Scott

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Updated Versions of EC++/3E and EMC++

New printings of Effective C++, Third Edition and Effective Modern C++ have recently been published by Addison-Wesley and O'Reilly, respectively. Both printings include fixes for all the errata that had been reported through December, though a couple of bug reports for EMC++ have since trickled in, sigh. For EC++/3E, the new printing is number 17. For EMC++, it's 10.

If you purchased digital copies of these books from the publisher, you should be able to log in to your account and download the latest versions. (O'Reilly customers should have received a notification to this effect. AW doesn't seem to tell people when new printings are available for download.)

If you purchase print copies of these books, I encourage you to make sure you're getting the latest versions. I have copies of the latest printings, so I know they exist in print form.

I hope you enjoy the latest revisions of these books. They should be the best versions yet.

Scott