Interactive C++ with Julian Storer

May 1, 2013 · Greater London, United Kingdom

Interactive C++
Having watched Brett Victor's Inventing on principle video that shows real time feedback of manipulating code, Julian was inspired to try and create the same thing for C++.
With some research into the LLVM and clang projects he discovered a way of making it happen in his IDE introjrojucer.
For a taste see his video here:
As you edit the code, any changes get recompiled, and the previews magically update to show the changes. Changes to simple literal values can be injected instantly into the running program, but even when a file needs to be recompiled, it has a turn-around time of less than a couple of seconds to build and relaunch the JIT engine - so the result is pretty-much realtime feedback as you're editing your code.
He's already found it to be incredibly useful in writing code: when you're nudging colours or pixel positions around to make something look just right, it can save hours of tedious compiling and relaunching. He's excited about how useful this will be in his own day-to-day coding, and hopefully that means a lot of other people will want to get their hands on it too!

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