Random advice popup

Long time ago, I have read a book The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master (if someone didn’t read it yet, I highly recommend it). This book is a collection of extremely useful tips for programmers. But this post is not about the book.

Recently I decided to revisit these tips again; and found that I don’t remember some of them. So that, I decided to create something that will constantly remind me about them. The best choice was on-screen popups showing one tip at a time.

The pros are:

  • it’s easy to create on-screen popup;
  • it doesn’t require some action from me; so, I can miss it, if I so wish.

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Proactor Pattern: Release the Power of Asynchronous Operations

During the study of the Boost library, I’ve stumbled on Proactor pattern. This is a design pattern intended to handle I/O operations asynchronously; but let’s describe other alternatives first.

Massive web servers should serve a lot of active connections in a short period of time; so, it’s important to do this most effectively with a less overhead.

Several well-known methods exist:

  • Synchronous
  • Synchronous Multi-threading
  • Asynchronous

Let’s describe them in order.

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YouCompleteMe – Ultimate autocomplete plugin for Vim

I’ve used clang_complete plugin to autocomplete my C code for five months… until YouCompleteMe caught my eye. And now I feel that would stay with it indefinitely.

Quick overview

YouCompleteMe (YCM) is a fast, as-you-type code completion engine for Vim. It combines output from several sources: an identifier-based engine that works with every programming language, a semantic, Clang-based engine that provides native semantic code completion for C/C++/Objective-C/Objective-C++ (from now on referred to as “the C-family languages”), a Jedi-based completion engine for Python, an OmniSharp-based completion engine for C# and an omnifunc-based completer that uses data from Vim’s omnicomplete system to provide semantic completions for many other languages (Ruby, PHP etc.). And prioritize them with a complex algorithm.


Note that it’s not necessary to press any keyboard shortcut to invoke a completion menu.

The second advantage of YCM is that it has a client-server architecture. Vim part of YCM is just a thin client that talks to ycmd server. The server is automatically started and stopped as you start and stop Vim.
Thus, YCM doesn’t make Vim more sluggish or somehow slow down text editing.

The third newsworthy thing is diagnostic display feature. (the little red X that shows up the left gutter) if you are editing a C-family file. As Clang compiles your file and detects warnings and errors, they will be presented in various ways. You don’t need to save your file or press any keyboard shortcut to trigger this, it “just happens” in the background.

YCM also provides semantic go-to-definition/declaration commands for C-family languages and Python.

For more detailed feature overview, visit an YCM home page.

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Using vim as C/C++ IDE

I’m a developer of embedded operating system and I do all my development tasks solely in the terminal.

The main tool, which helps me to accomplish this, is vim. Today, I will describe how to turn vim into a powerful IDE for C/C++ projects. I will not recommend you any plugin for project management, since vanilla vim already has all the power to cope with this task.

Despite fact that I use vim as a C IDE, the part of the following recommendations are pretty general and may be used to any kind of project.
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