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C Vu Volume 32 · Issue 4 · September 2020


  • Optimal
  • Making a Linux Desktop
    Alan Griffiths adds support for shell components to the desktop environment.
  • Relish the Challenge
    Pete Goodliffe challenges us to pick up the gauntlet.
  • Piping Software for Less
    Paul Grenyer continues his mission to build a DevOps pipeline on a budget.
  • Jumping Around in Emacs
    Silas S. Brown shares a tip for navigating code.
  • The Standards Report
    Guy Davidson talks about executors and their journey towards acceptance into the standard.
  • Code Critique Competition 125
    Set and collated by Roger Orr. A book prize is awarded for the best entry.
  • Further Comments on Code Critique 123
    Additional information has been sent in response to an earlier Code Critique Competition.
  • Reviews
    The latest roundup of reviews.

The latest Overload is Overload 158. Further details of our journals are available here.

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  • Site Maintenance Notice (19.03.21)

    Please note that as part of ACCU's ongoing switch to our new website (, PDFs and ePubs of Overload and C Vu will no longer be accessible from the old website ( Links to the PDFs and ePubs will still be present on the journal pages, but those links will be broken.

    Please use the new website to access all PDFs and ePubs of Overload and C Vu. Access to C Vu will continue to require member login.

  • September's C Vu Journal has been published. (8.09.20)

    The September 2020 ACCU C Vu journal has been published and should arrive at members' addresses in the next few days. C Vu 32-4 and previous issues of C Vu can be accessed via Journals menu (ACCU members only).

  • August's Overload Journal has been published. (6.08.20)

    The August 2020 ACCU Overload journal has been published and should arrive at members' addresses in the next few days. Overload 158 and previous issues of Overload can be accessed in Overload Online.

  • Introducing ACCU Online - A Local Group With a Global Reach. (6.08.20)

    ACCU London is proud to host an ACCU Online event - a rescheduling of Chris Oldwood's previously cancelled "A Test of Strength" talk.

    The event will be hosted virtually, on Remo. This will also give us the social and networking aspect of meet-ups that we miss from the in-person version.

    When: Wednesday, 12th August 2020, 19:00 start.

    Where: A link to the event will be sent to those who RSVP as attending nearer the time.

    To Attend: Please sign up on the ACCU London event page.

    Title: A Test of Strength

    Speaker: Chris Oldwood

    About the Talk:

    If there is one place that we find it easy to take shortcuts it's when writing tests. Whether we're under the cosh or have an overly-optimistic view of our ability to write self-documenting code, instead of creating tests that support the production code and development process we can find ourselves producing WTFs (Weak Test Functions). The net effect is often a vicious cycle that disparages, instead of encourages us.

    In the past I've tried many different ways to try and short-circuit the test writing process, but have only come-up short every time. This session takes a look at why skimping on elements of the test structure, such as organisation, naming and scope only leads to pain and hardship in the long run. Along the way we'll uncover the truth behind common folklore, such as only having one assertion per test.

    About the speaker:

    Chris is a freelance developer who started out as a bedroom coder in the 80 s writing assembler on 8-bit micros; these days it s C++ and C# in plush corporate offices. He writes the "Afterwood" back piece in Overload magazine and the "In The Toolbox" column for C Vu magazine. Chris also commentates on the Godmanchester duck race. He can be contacted via or @chrisoldwood.

  • July's C Vu Journal has been published. (13.07.20) The July 2020 ACCU C Vu journal has been published and should arrive at members' addresses in the next few days. C Vu 32-3 and previous issues of C Vu can be accessed via Journals menu (ACCU members only).