CppCon 2019 Trip Report

I’m on my way back from the 2019 CppCon conference and my head is buzzing with ideas! What an amazing experience!

The venue

This was the first year CppCon was based out of a new venue, the Gaylord Rockies in Aurora, Colorado. First up: the Gaylord is huge! It was clear we had outgrown the previous venue in Bellevue, but there’s plenty of room to expand at the new venue. This changed the feel of the conference a little: I literally didn’t leave the hotel from Sunday evening through to Friday evening.

Most of the attendees also stayed in the hotel, which meant more opportunities to bump into other attendees. Food was good, but not exceptional, but, boy it was expensive! They know they have a captive audience!

Filed under: Coding
Posted at 00:00:00 BST on 22nd September 2019.

Live streaming on YouTube

Hey all! Since last time I’m glad to say I’ve landed a new job (more info to follow), and I’ll be starting in June.

Til then I’ve been hacking on Compiler Explorer, and as per the announcement on my Patreon page, I’ve been working on executing arbitrary user code! We’re really close to being able to turn that on!

I’ve been live streaming a lot of the development process, and you can see the prior streams in this playlist. If yo uwant to join me live, I’d suggest subscribing for notifications on my YouTube channel. It’s been a lot of fun, and I’ll miss it once I start my job, but I’m also super excited about that!

Filed under: Blog
Posted at 18:35:00 BST on 18th May 2019.

Life update

Hello friends.

A quick note on a big change: the office I worked at was closed on Tuesday and I was let go. All is well: my team and I were well-treated and I have plenty of opportunities to investigate.

This does mean I have some spare time, and even once I get a new job I plan on spending all of May working on Compiler Explorer, and on finishing off my video series.

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Posted at 02:45:00 BST on 26th April 2019.

Compiler Explorer's new state storage

Hello! As of today’s update, Compiler Explorer now has its own storage solution for when you click “Share” and pick “Short” from the dropdown. We used to store all the state in the URL itself, then we used goo.gl to shorten it. When Stack Overflow banned goo.gl, we rewrote goo.gl URLs to be godbolt.org/g/blah, where blah was the bit from goo.gl. So, your data was still stored with Google.

That’s all changed! Now short URLs are derived from data stored on the Compiler Explorer website itself. This has some very important changes:

If you have any issues with the new system please get in contact as soon as possible. You can email me, or tweet at me, or direct message me on the Cpplang Slack.

Filed under: Coding
Posted at 18:00:00 BST on 18th August 2018.

A European Vacation

It’s been oh-so-quiet here! I’ve been away on a long European holiday, visiting Iceland, United Kingdom, France and the Czech Republic. I’ve had a great time, but haven’t had as much time as I’d like otherwise to work on Compiler Explorer.

Me, explaining something
Explaining some of my views on C++

While in the Czech Republic, visiting the unimaginibly beautiful Prague, I was invited to speak at Avast, the anti-virus company. They have an amazing office and working environment: a music room (and studio), couches everywhere, great food, pinball machines, golf putting courses…you name it! Lovely folks too. In particular, huge thanks to Hana Dusíková for inviting me, and arranging everything and generally making it a pleasure to speak there. She’s now running a regular C++ meet up, which if you’re in Prague you should sign up for straight away!

Filed under: Blog Coding
Posted at 00:00:00 BST on 16th July 2018.

C++Now - trip report

As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m currently on a break between jobs. With my copious spare time I decided – rather late in the day – to head to C++Now, a C++ Conference held yearly in Aspen, Colorado. Several C++ folks had recommended that I come to it: it’s a smaller and more intimate conference than CppCon.

I was not disappointed! Firstly, Aspen is a beautiful place to hold a conference, although the thin air at 9,000 feet up takes a bit of getting used to.

The Aspen Center of Physics
The conference rooms used for C++Now nestle in a beautiful meadow.

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Posted at 22:30:00 BST on 14th May 2018.

All change for me

Last week I took the momentous decision to wave goodbye to my friends and colleagues at DRW, and try something new.

I had an amazing 7½ years at DRW, learning so much and making some firm friends. DRW is an excellent company to work for, and this was the longest job I’d ever had. That made the decision to leave extremely hard, but I felt it was time to try something new.

I’m taking a few months off, and then I’m very excited to start work at Coinbase in the summer, where I will be working on making their exchange software even more awesome. I’ll be staying in the Chicago area, so disruption to my family is minimal.

In the next few weeks I’ll be spending a lot of time with my wife and kids, but I also hope to use the time to work on Compiler Explorer and other open source projects. And finally complete Zelda: Breath of the Wild too!

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Posted at 16:30:00 BST on 19th April 2018.

March update

Compiler Explorer now has a logo!

Compiler Explorer

If you like it and want to support Compiler Explorer, I set up an online shop where you can create your own T shirts, bags, mugs and so on! By doing so you’re supporting Compiler Explorer’s development, as I get a small commission for any sales. Of course, it’s all open source, so you can make your own with the logo too!

Filed under: Coding
Posted at 23:50:00 GMT on 3rd March 2018.

About Matt Godbolt

Matt Godbolt is a C++ developer working in Chicago in the finance industry.