Monthly Archives: April 2011

Sloptimize

hide-first-letter slop·ti·mize | slop·ti·mized | slop·ti·miz·ing verb \ˈsläp-tə-ˌmīz\ To make a program run faster by decreasing the accuracy of its output. Examples of sloptimize We changed the calculations to use 32-bit floats instead of 64-bit doubles, and got a 20% speedup.

Please Don’t Request User Input in the Middle of a Lengthy Task

It’s happened to everyone. You kick off a software installer, answer a few questions about how you’d like things set up, click next and you’re presented with a long progress bar. “No problem,” you think to yourself, “this is a good excuse to grab a cuppa joe.” You leave the computer to its business and […]

Introducing cppsh: A bash-Like Shell with C++ Syntax

It’s been a long time in the making, but I am proud to announce the first beta release of cppsh, the bash-like shell specifically designed for those engineers who find themselves most comfortable at the reins of a C++ compiler. The best features from both bash and the C++ language come together in cppsh to […]