May 17th, 2006 — The Power of None — Andrei Alexandrescu

Published: Mon 01 May 2006
By nwcpp

In 2006.


11820 Northup Way #E200
Bellevue, Washington 98005


Exceptions. The final frontier. We wanted to understand them. We thought we’ll love them, but they’ve lacerated our code. We hated them. We tried to do without them. We couldn’t because they kept on throwing themselves at us. In bitworld, exceptions might have cast upon us the closest analogy to a love-hate, abusive, co-dependent relationship.

This talk has two purposes. First purpose is group therapy. We will try to explain through a dialog linking cause to effect, why things are the way they are. Second, we discuss how to escape the abuse cycle by summoning an unexpected ally: the type system. Come one, come all for one cathartic hour.


Andrei Alexandrescu is a graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle, working on the lean and mean speech recognition machine that we all know (since 1960) will be completed within 5 years. In the C++ community, Andrei is best known for his best-selling (and tuition-paying) books, Modern C++ Design and C++ Coding Standards, the latter coauthored with Herb Sutter. Andrei has also published numerous articles on software design and implementation using C++, and in spite of his accent is a sought-after speaker at numerous conferences worldwide. His website is


Click here to download the slides from the presentation