Due to the lack of variety in brackets and parentheses on a regular keyboard, the syntax of modern C++ sometimes gets tricky, according to Dima Korolev, captain of engineering at opinion aggregation company Staance.
Some problems with C++ include array indexing and lambda definitions. Korolev also mentioned that Objective-C uses square brackets to send messages.
“On the one hand, I’m happy C++ folks are making heavy use of existing semantics, and are not trying to reinvent the wheel,” she said. “Haskell, Ruby and F#, where the functionality of adding new operators is widely [ab]used, often scare me by their syntax.”
This question originally appeared on Quora, and can be read on Forbes.
Google’s new mobile design hub
Google is giving developers a new tool to help them rethink their mobile experiences. The company announced a mobile design hub on Think with Google: Designing for Mobile Micro-Moments. The hub will provide developers with in-depth research and insight into what people expect from their mobile experiences.
According to Google, developers will learn how to improve their mobile experience and drive conversations, and have access to tools and resources to start making those improvements.
More information is available here.
Introducing Feathers 2.0
Feathers is only a few hundred lines of code while being a fully compatible wrapper over top of Express, Primus and Socket.IO, all of which have been used in production by many companies.
Feathers can be used in the browser, with React Native and server-side, and it provides everything needed to structure an application and communicate with a Feathers server while still letting a developer pick a favorite view engine, according to the company.
A full list of the new features can be found here.
The ‘Force’ of performance from BlazeMeter
MovieTickets.com, a site that provides movie ticket reservations, turned to BlazeMeter to ensure that its new Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure could manage the volume of online ticket orders around opening weekend for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
The majority of online advance ticket buying occurs one to two weeks prior to a release date, but “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” marked a historically unique buying trend, as MovieTickets.com had pre-orders months prior to the film’s December 2015 release date, a press release said.
To prepare its site to meet demand, MovieTickets.com wanted to upgrade its infrastructure to manage spikes in volume by migrating to an AWS cloud environment that could scale alongside demand. By using BlazeMeter, MovieTickets.com tested its infrastructure with more than 30,000 simultaneous users per second, and as the infrastructure expanded, the amount exceeded more than 300,000 visitors.
“The higher the performance expectation from an event, the greater the need to ensure an infrastructure can support the required service level,” said Alon Girmonsky, CEO and founder of BlazeMeter.