Herb Sutter

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Herb Sutter is a prominent C++ expert. He is also a book author and was a columnist for Dr. Dobb's Journal. He joined Microsoft in 2002 as a platform evangelist for Visual C++ .NET, rising to lead software architect for C++/CLI. [1] Sutter has served as secretary and convener of the ISO C++ standards committee for over 10 years. In September 2008 he was replaced by P. J. Plauger. He then re-assumed the convener position, [2] after Plauger resigned in October 2009. [3] [4] In recent years Sutter was lead designer for C++/CX and C++ AMP. [5]

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Education and career

Sutter was born and raised in Oakville, Ontario, before studying computer science at Canada's University of Waterloo. [6]

From 1995 to 2001 he was chief technology officer at PeerDirect where he designed the PeerDirect database replication engine. [6]

Guru of the Week

From 1997 to 2003, Sutter regularly created C++ programming problems and posted them on the Usenet newsgroup comp.lang.c++.moderated, under the title Guru of the Week. The problems generally addressed common misconceptions or poorly understood concepts in C++. Sutter later published expanded versions of many of the problems in his first two books, Exceptional C++ and More Exceptional C++. New articles, mostly related to C++11, were published since November 2011. [7]

The Free Lunch Is Over

"The Free Lunch Is Over" is an article [8] from Herb Sutter published in 2005. It stated that microprocessor serial-processing speed is reaching a physical limit, which leads to two main consequences:

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References

  1. Sutter, Herb (2004-04-01). "Trip Report: October–December 2003". Dr. Dobb's Journal . Retrieved 2009-05-21.
  2. Herb Sutter (2010-03-03). "Where can you get the ISO C++ standard, and what does "open standard" mean?". Sutter's Mill. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
  3. Stefanus Du Toit (2009-12-04). Minutes of WG21 Meeting, October 19, 2009 (PDF). Open Standards (Report). pp. 10, 20–21. Retrieved 2010-04-10.
  4. George Ryan; Ville Voutilainen; Francis Glassborow; Steve Clamage (2009-10-25). "Plauger resigned as convener?". comp.std.c++ (Mailing list). Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  5. "About" . Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  6. 1 2 "WG21 (ISO C++ Committee) Members". isocpp.org.
  7. GotW category of the Sutter's blog
  8. Sutter, H. (2005). "The free lunch is over: A fundamental turn toward concurrency in software". Dr. Dobb's Journal. Vol. 30 no. 3.