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Hosted by Jon Kalb and Phil Nash.

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We're back! Again! And so is Dave Abrahams, after a long period outside the C++ community. So we thought we should hear about what he's been up to and what he's doing now.

We end up getting some fascinating insights into the design and evolution of the Swift programming language, which Dave joined the team behind quite early on. While Swift draws inspiration from many languages, the core of the team behind it - including Dave - were C++ experts - but experts who wanted to take from the best, yet learn from the mistakes, of the past.

Listen to this episode to find out if they pulled it off!

.links = { "C++ on Sea 2022", /* Announcing next year's event */ "C++ North 2022 CfP", /* New C++ conference in Toronto */ "C++Now 2022 Call For Submissions", "Introducing Remote Development for JetBrains IDEs", "JetBrains Fleet", /* Early access for upcoming distributed editor/ IDE */ "Modernizing your code with C++20", /* Phil's post on the SonarSource blog */ "Dave's C++ Template Metaprogramming book", "Quantum Physics For Dummies" },
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Recorded: 20 December 2021
Released: 27 December 2021
1 hr 5 mins 58 secs

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