ImageC++ and Beyond 2013 is less than two weeks away, and that means that Andrei and Herb and I are busy finalizing our presentations. Sometimes, as we take our vision for a talk and work it into a presentable form, we discover that we’ll have to assume some background on the part of attendees, and that’s what happened to me. What I had originally intended to be a concise overview of new features in C++14 got broken into two talks (one on new features in C++14, one on the type deduction rules in C++11 that take on new import in C++14), and during my work on the type deduction talk, I realized that (1) an overview of type deduction has to discuss the impact of universal references and (2) there isn’t time to cover universal references from scratch. Because I’ve written and talked about universal references in a number of places, I’m going to assume that attendees at this year’s C&B are familiar with them. If you’ll be attending and aren’t aware of what I mean by the term (it’s not standard, but, IMO, it’s very useful), I strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with one of the following:

In unrelated C&B news, I spoke with the staff at the Salish Lodge yesterday, and I found that the trail to the base of Snoqualmie Falls has reopened. This is big news, because it’s been closed for years. (It was closed during the 2010 C&Bs we held at the Salish.) I’m looking forward to finally getting a chance to walk down into the canyon below the hotel. Regardless of the weather, I’m sure it will be an experience!