Visual Studio

The go-to for Windows development and is pretty slick.

Visual Studio Code

The free version of Studio and has many of the features of its elder sibling.


Obviously specialising in Python, essential for any slight serious Python dev.

Qt Developer

Actually pretty cool despite my aversion to becoming dependent on 3rd-party frameworks.


Linux option which feels pretty bad!


In Python

Godbolt does Python! (And lots of other languages…) import cmath # Set how far to zoom into the set, you can tweak this value scale = 25 # Calculate if each point in an x-y plane "escapes" the shape for y in range(-12, 12): for x in range(-55, 45): # Create a complex number based on current coordinates # Note the fudge factor of 2 because characters are taller than high c = complex(x / scale, y / scale * 2) # Initialise the calculation z = 0 # Check if calculation remains bounded (stays on the page) for _ in range(20): # THE IMPORTANT BIT! [Read More]


Call frames

  • Parameters passed to the function
  • Local variables of the function
  • A snapshot of registers to use and restore
  • A return address
  • A frame pointer (for debugging)




  • Not supported since 2015


  • 5.12.1 LTS
  • 5.15 LTS


  • Released 8 December 2020

Brighton restaurants 2021

Recently visited £ Goemon (ramen) ££ The Vital Ingredient (Carribean) – 24/09/21 Sushi Garden Aji Sushi – 27/09/21 £££ Halisco (Mexican) – 21/09/21 ££££ atTEN (small plates) – 22/09/21 £££££ Terre à Terre (long-running vegetarian restaurant) – 23/09/21 Burnt Orange (small plates) – 27/08/21 Coalshed (steaks) – 02/09/21 Would like to revisit Naninella (Neapolitan Pizzeria) Etch (fine dining by Masterchef winner) Bincho (Japanese Yakitori skewers) The Market Little Fish Market Saltroom Block The Ivy 64 Degrees (fine dining by acclaimed chef Michael Bremner) Murmur (seafront fine dining, 64 Degrees sister restaurant) Lucky Khao (Thai) Shelter Hall Kujira (Japanese) Haven’t been but would like to! [Read More]


Examples and observations

#include <numeric>
#include <vector>
#include <fmt/core.h>
#include <fmt/ranges.h>

void align() {

    struct S {
        uint8_t : 8;
        uint32_t x;
    } __attribute__((packed));

    fmt::print("alignof {} sizeof {}\n", alignof(S::x), sizeof(S::x));
    fmt::print("alignof {} sizeof {}\n", alignof(S), sizeof(S));

void print_container() {

    std::vector<uint32_t> v(10);
    std::iota(begin(v), end(v), 3);

    fmt::print("{}\n", v);

int main() {


alignof 1 sizeof 4
alignof 1 sizeof 5
[3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12]

What I'd like to see on a job spec

Keywords Initially I scan for keywords that pique my interest: C++20 Linux ARM Networking git unit testing cloud Agile C++ history Using the latest tech obviously stands out. For C++ the big shake up was C++11 – so anything this modern is of interest – but really we need to be talking at least ‘17. However, very few companies seem to use ‘20 in production but a good example is Maven Securities. [Read More]