Few things are as professionally rewarding as getting together with colleagues to discuss interesting technical issues. For C++ developers these days, there are more things to discuss than usual. The first of a raft of new language features -- the initial wave of C++0x -- are becoming widely available, and they promise to change the way we design and implement good software. We're still trying to come to grips with the concurrency revolution in hardware, while at the same time dealing with increasingly demanding performance constraints. In the meantime, new languages (e.g., D) and language abstractions (e.g., futures, ranges) offer new tools for approaching the systems we need to build. There's a lot going on.
Herb Sutter, Andrei Alexandrescu, and I thought would be fun to organize a technical event where we could discuss the contemporary challenges facing C++ software developers. Thus was born "C++ and Beyond," a limited-attendance conference to be held this summer near Seattle, Washington. We haven't worked out the details on this event yet, and one reason is that we're still trying to figure out when to hold it. Rather than pick dates at random, we chose two sets of dates and decided to ask prospective attendees which they prefer. To that end, if you think you might be interested in getting together with me, Herb, Andrei, and a few dozen people as interested in and passionate about issues relating to C++ software development as you are, please visit cppandbeyond.com to learn more about the conference and to vote on when you'd like us to hold it. While you're there, please also submit comments on the kinds of topics you'd like to see explored at the conference. With your help, we'll be able to put together a killer program focusing on the issues you want to talk about on dates that are convenient for you.
I hope you're as excited about this event as I am. If so, please visit cppandbeyond.com this week to let us know when you'd prefer to see the event held and to tell us what you'd like to see it cover. Voting ends on Friday, January 15, so I encourage you not to procrastinate too long.