This repository is a sandbox for trying out ideas in C++ or new features (like C++ 11 stuff).

Each experiment must be one file with extension .cpp. In the main directory it compiles using gcc with argument -std=c++0x if you need the Microsoft compiler put the file in the UnsupportedByCompiler directory

Most files act as a test. These are run automatically on drone.io, Build Status and codeship Codeship Status for davidcorne/sandbox.

Here is a short summery of what I was trying to do for some of the files.


In this file I was playing around with C style arrays, slightly old and a bit dated to be honest.


This may be a future post here. It defines a templatised base class for comparable class (using the curiously recurring template pattern). It means that if you inherit from this class and define one compare function, you get all 6 comparison operators.


Testing out what you can do with const pointers. With a const Class const you can only call const methods, with a Class const you can call anything (this keeps the pointer const not what it points at) and with a Class* you can call anything.



Trying to copy a reference without using the copy constructor or assignment operator.


I wondered what compiler errors/warnings you get from dividing by zero? It turns out (in g++) that it will not give errors at all. It will warn you if you divide by a literal zero or a const zero, but not a variable with value zero.


This was for checking the results of using xor on integers.


This was testing the newly added lambda functions, but changed to using standard template library algorithms.


This was playing around with pure virtual functions with implementations. So you can call them using Base::function() in the derived class.


Testing calling operator() on pointer. Here is the calling code.

  Foo* f = new Foo();

  delete f;

A common mistake doing this is to leave off the final brackets so.


But these will return a function pointer to operator(), they won't call it.


Trying to make an executable to delete itself, unsurprisingly this doesn't work.


Testing out the differences between structs and classes in C++. I found that apart from private/public as default there is no difference! This includes if you declare class T in a template, you can still use a struct.

UserDefinedLiterals and UserDefinedLiteralsBinary

Trying to use C++ 11 user defined literals to be able to use syntax like this: Binary two = 10_b;

I was following a good guide from here.



Unimplemented test for SetEvent() in windows.h.


Using C preprocessor magic to join together variable names.


I didn't think the reply to this question would compile so I tried it out. I realised you can override private virtual functions but not call them.