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The Smart Pointer That Makes Your C++ Applications Safer - std::unique_ptr

Using shared_ptr instead of raw pointers helps you avoid the common pitfalls associated with raw pointers but in some cases, its performance isn't satisfactory. Unique_ptr is a new C++0x smart pointer that is compact, fast and fully compatible with the standard library. Find out how to use unique_ptr to make your code safer without sacrificing performance.

Using the Windows 7 Ribbon with Visual C++ Applications

The Office 2007 suite of applications introduced the Ribbon UI element to combine and simplify application toolbars and menus into a single, consistent area for invoking task-specific application commands. Windows 7 ships with a Ribbon control, and Visual C++ developers have easy access to this built-in Ribbon functionality through MFC 10 enhancements.

Reduce Repetitive Initialization Code in C++ Applications by Using Delegating Constructors

You're often required to repeat identical pieces of initialization code in every constructor of a class that declares multiple constructors. That's because unlike a few other programming languages, The C++ programming language doesn't allow a constructor to call another constructor of the same class. Luckily, this problem is about to disappear with the recent approval of a new C++0x feature called delegating constructors which are explained in this C++ tutorial.

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