I didn’t get to go to CppCon this year (I was there the previous two years), and now that some of the talks are up on youtube I’ve been checking them out to keep up-to-date. It’s been a little disappointing.
I don’t know if it’s because of the types of talk that I like, if I’ve learned a lot over the last few years or if the standards for admission have gone down. What I do know is that just today on my lunch break I dismissed quite a few talks after watching them for 5 minutes. Some might say that’s not enough, but I think I’m pretty good at evaluating a if a talk would be worth my time in that period.
So far, the only talk I’ve liked is the first one about IncludeOS. For me that’s not surprising, I think it’s a really cool project and have been interested in unikernels from the first time I heard about them. It helps that it happened when I was working at Cisco and learned that the project I worked on then was faster on class Cisco IOS (a monolithic kernel) than on the newer operating systems.
I might have to play around with IncludeOS now. I’m just afraid I’ll start getting ideas about writing a unikernel in D or Rust…