• A Tour of C++: Arrays, Pointers, and References Under the Hood

    Continuing in my series on Bjarne Stroustrup's A Tour of C++, 2nd Edition, I elaborate in-depth on his treatment of arrays, pointers, and references. Many aspects of arrays, pointers, and references that need to be internalized by the developer are discussed in-depth from first principles, then illustrated in exercises by code, program output, and diagrams...
  • A Tour of C++: Range Based For Loop

    I have bought another book, A Tour of C++, 2nd Edition by Bjarne Stroustrup. Stroustup is the original creator of C++ and the author of many books on it that have been well received.

    Published in July of 2018, he does a 256 page whirlwind tour of C++, concentrating on C++17 (the current standard), and including some forward looking material for C++20 (draft). Much is backward compatible with the C++11 and C++ 14 standards and before. It is part of the The C++ In-Depth Series, whose authors were chosen by Bjarne Stroustrup...
  • Windows Internals: How to Configure Symbols in Sysinternals' Process Explorer

    I am following along in Windows Internals, Part 1, Edition 7 by Mark Russinovich, et. al. The book uses Sysinternals Process Explorer application heavily and discusses how to enable debugging symbols downloads via the Microsoft symbol server to enable resolution of raw address offsets in executables to symbolic names, for instance, in the Threads tab of a process's Properties dialogue box or in stack traces.

    However, I was not having much success getting it to work. His screenshot was correct, but the link he gave for information had an old windbg.dll path, and other articles on the web were also outdated or did not give the windbg.dll path at all. That is what threw me...
  • Networking 101: Home and Home Office

    Today's home and home office networks are miracles of modern technology: fast, reliable, and convenient (and safe if you inform yourself and keep up with security precautions).

    If the diagram below does not look familiar to you, and its components do not make sense, you have come to the right place. This is Home Networking 101, teaching the basics of understanding and working with your home network to keep it humming, and equipping you to make the most out of your computing experience...