CppCon 2016

One of the great perks of working at Chicago Trading Company is our conference budget. We get to attend two conferences a year. Even though I just started, the company sent me to Bellevue, WA for CppCon 2016. It was an awesome, seven-day experience! We attended a two-day advanced C++ training session, then spent the remaining five days attending the different CppCon tech-talks and presentations.

I learned a lot, met some of my old friends and made new acquaintances. I even bumped into Bjarne Stroustrup, the father of C++, who happened to be staying at the same hotel. It was great!

My schedule: https://cppcon2016.sched.com/filipfracz (PDF)

By far my favorite session was the keynote by Jason Turner where he built a Star Wars pong game in C++17 for the ancient Commodore 64. It’s really fun to watch, especially the optimizations that the C++ compiler performs on constants. Very neat.

 

All presentations are available on YouTube and the code is on GitHub.

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Back to Chicago

I really liked my gig at Thomson Reuters and had a great time working on my team. Reuters managed to gather very smart people, both in the US and in China. I had a blast.

What wasn’t so cool was the commute on I-290. For the uninitiated, it’s one of the busiest highways in Illinois. Despite the fact that I was “reverse commuting” the traffic would sometimes be brutal. NPR helped, but I felt like I was just wasting time sitting idly in the car.

Some friends reached out to me and I took the bait. I decided to join Chicago Trading Company. Right downtown, so bye-bye commute, bye-bye I-290! I’m looking forward to my first day!