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Programming Topics and Overload Journal #123 - October 2014

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Debug Complexity: How Assertions Affect Debugging Time
Description : Debugging any program can be time consuming. Sergey Ignatchenko and Dmytro Ivanchykhin extend their mathematical model to consider the effect of assertions.

Alternative Overloads
Description : How do you return a default value given a condition? Malcolm Noyes presents solutions using older and newer C++ techniques.

Everyone Hates build.xml
Description : Using Ant build tool can be tricky. Andy Balaam shows how to structure and test the build code.

Defining Visitors Inline in Modern C++
Description : The Visitor pattern can involve non-local boilerplate code. Robert Mill and Jonathan Coe present an inline Visitor in C++.

Paper Bag Escapology Using Particle Swarm Optimisation
Description : Some attempts at programming one’s way out of a paper bag need an upfront model. Frances Buontempo simplifies things using particle swarm optimisation.