First steps07 Sep 2017
The project is now bootstrapped: the CMake scripts to build the library and executables and link them to the dependencies and the Travis CI is setup. I started by coding the main class (named it just
logic), created a
lozti namespace to separate my things from the rest of the world and it should be ok for now. Aside from
logic there is the
piece and the
matrix classes, but they are not ready yet to be commented.
I do something that many condemn: I always try to use STL, Boost and templates first, not worrying very much if the code will be unreadable for the newbies. I known people think it’s not so nice but I don’t have problems when I re-reading my code even a year later. I think the code should be readable but I don’t think everyone should be able to read it, unless the readability doesn’t condemn the elegance of your program. Most of the programmers I know doesn’t remember what
std::find_if exactly does but I prefer to use it in my code instead of a 4-line loop just because STL is not evil and everyone should know it by heart (and because it’s easier to write sometimes). Oh, and of course: I do this unless the owner of the code I write (a.k.a. my employer) asks me to do otherwise.
Anyway, I like inheritance avoiding and the way STL and Boost uses templates and I intent to do that aswell. You might see very few virtual methods in my code and maybe many templates. Sometimes the
vtables come in the way of the performance and, although I know it is very rare, I prefer to leave it behind. I’m saying this because I think I might need
std::vector matrices and I don’t intent to use inheritance to make other classes support both. But I might be wrong. Or not.