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C++0x as a New Language

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C++0x is an effort to embody the ideals of C++, rather than a mere increment of C++98. This talk will illustrate C++'s general design principles, and the language constructs that support them. The description of C++0x is aimed at a general computer science audience rather than just at C++ experts. The focus of the talk will be the support for the design and implementation of libraries, using object-oriented and generic programming techniques. Major language features discussed include classes, exceptions, and templates. And the new (C++0x) facilities mentioned include concepts, initializer lists, auto, rvalue constructors, and garbage collection. Prof Stroustrup will briefly summarize the state of the ISO C++ standard effort, and the additions culminating in C++0x.

Prof Bjarne Stroustrup is the College of Engineering Chair Professor in Computer Science at Texas A&M University. After a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Aarhus (Denmark), he undertook a PhD in distributed systems at the Cambridge University Computer Laboratory. He then worked at Bell Labs for 24 years, before joining Texas A&M University. Prof Stroustrup is a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, the recipient of the IEEE Computer Society 2004 Computer Entrepreneur Award, and the William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement.

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