I’m one of the moderators of the [comp.lang.c++.moderated] Usenet group. Although I no longer develop software for a living I may do so again. Meanwhile programming (mostly in C++, and mostly in Windows) is my favorite hobby.
I plan to blog about various programming and design problems I encounter. And at first about a C++ library I’m developing called
cppx, which provides some core functionality for general C++ programming – like reasonable basic types, optional argument support, C++98 argument forwarding, various smart pointers, non-mutable strings, containers and so on. Most of this is a matter of reimplementing and repackaging things I’ve done before (e.g. “Alf’s StringValue” at SourceForge), but in a more pure and accessible way.
I am asking only because I am pointlessly curious. What do you do for a living?
I don’t. And currently not by choice. 😦 I last worked as a consultant with a firm then called Mogul Technology, and before that with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), and before that I taught at Bodø College, but I’ve been unemployed for many years. I thought it could be nice to work at Opera since they’re walking distance from where I live, and so I interviewed with them last year, but they, or their HR department, didn’t think I had anything to contribute for the foreseeable future. On the other hand, while no Norwegian firm is apparently interested in me, recruiters for Google, Microsoft and this year Facebook have contacted me, but I need to be in Norway.
Wow.. you got calls from Google, MSFT and Facebook? Jesus Christ Alf! I sure hope you find something you like 🙂
Maybe I am missing something here but it looks like Microsoft has an office in Oslo? I even saw some job requirements for the Bing team somewhere here: https://careers.microsoft.com/careers/en/no/home.aspx
It seems criminally unfair that a guy with your level of expertise can be without a job!
i was looking for your C++ tutorial previously available at http://alfps.izfree.com/tutorials/w32cpptut/html/, but the link is broken now.
Is there a way to get the tutorial still? Or is this tutorial the 2005 C++ pointers tutorial linked on the right pane here?
Realy good job, i found your blog from google search, I impressed, i bookmark this blog for future Information………. 🙂
Noticed a typo in Related Sites: GeekTalk blog by Olve Maugdal:
“Maugdal” should read “Maudal”
Wow. Pretty disheartening to read you were unemployed when clearly your skills exceed the average c++ programmer. The hiring mentality in the industry only caters to others at the same low skill level.
Hi Alf, I have found some really useful information in your blogs. I hope you find the time to post new articles every once is a while. Cheers.