Herb Sutter

Herb Sutter is a prominent C++ expert. He is also a book author and was a columnist for Dr. Dobb's Journal. He joined Microsoft in 2002 as a platform evangelist for Visual C++ .NET, rising to lead software architect for C++/CLI.[1] Sutter has served as secretary and convener of the ISO C++ standards committee for over 10 years. In September 2008 he was replaced by P. J. Plauger. He then re-assumed the convener position,[2] after Plauger resigned in October 2009.[3][4] In recent years Sutter was lead designer for C++/CX and C++ AMP.[5]

Education and career

Sutter was born and raised in Oakville, Ontario, before studying computer science at Canada's University of Waterloo.[6]

From 1995 to 2001 he was chief technology officer at PeerDirect where he designed the PeerDirect database replication engine.[6]

Guru of the Week

From 1997 to 2003, Sutter regularly created C++ programming problems and posted them on the Usenet newsgroup comp.lang.c++.moderated, under the title Guru of the Week. The problems generally addressed common misconceptions or poorly understood concepts in C++. Sutter later published expanded versions of many of the problems in his first two books, Exceptional C++ and More Exceptional C++. New articles, mostly related to C++11, were published since November 2011.[7]

The Free Lunch Is Over

"The Free Lunch Is Over" is an article[8] from Herb Sutter published in 2005. It stated that microprocessor serial-processing speed is reaching a physical limit, which leads to two main consequences:

  • processor manufacturers will focus on products that better support multithreading (such as multi-core processors), and
  • software developers will be forced to develop massively multithreaded programs as a way to better use such processors.


  • Exceptional C++ (Addison-Wesley, 2000, ISBN 0-201-61562-2)
  • More Exceptional C++ (Addison-Wesley, 2002, ISBN 0-201-70434-X)
  • Exceptional C++ Style (Addison-Wesley, 2005, ISBN 0-201-76042-8)
  • C++ Coding Standards (together with Andrei Alexandrescu, Addison-Wesley, 2005, ISBN 0-321-11358-6)


  1. Sutter, Herb (2004-04-01). "Trip Report: October–December 2003". Dr. Dobb's Journal. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
  2. Sutter's Mill, Herb Sutter's blog on software, hardware, and concurrency (2010-03-03). "Where can you get the ISO C++ standard, and what does "open standard" mean?". Retrieved 2011-10-16.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. Stefanus Du Toit, ISO/IEC C++ Standards Committee Paper N3003 (2009-12-04). "Minutes of WG21 Meeting, October 19, 2009" (PDF). pp. 10, 20–21. Retrieved 2010-04-10.
  4. comp.std.c++, George Ryan, Ville Voutilainen, Francis Glassborow, and Steve Clamage (2009-10-25). "Plauger resigned as convener?". Retrieved 2009-10-27.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. "About". Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  6. "WG21 (ISO C++ Committee) Members". isocpp.org.
  7. GotW category of the Sutter's blog
  8. Sutter, H. 2005. "The free lunch is over: A fundamental turn toward concurrency in software," Dr. Dobb's Journal, 30(3), http://www.gotw.ca/publications/concurrency-ddj.htm.

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