Google Protocol Buffers Libraries for C

Google Protocol Buffers have become a very popular serialization mechanism for simple to complex/variant data structures. Due to the variation of message formats in a given protocol, the presence and/or lack of fields on an ad-hoc basis makes implementation in the C language somewhat of a challenge. Three Protocol Buffers Libraries for C Thanks to […]

Nicer C99 APIs with Designated Initializers

While working on a library for property-based testing in C, I discovered a trick that can be used to make significantly nicer library interfaces in C99: “designated initializers”. As of C99, struct literals can have their fields set by name, in any order. The C99 standard explicitly updated the behavior for how fields in struct […]

Travis CI Now Monitoring Ceedling and Friends CMock/Unity!

We have updated Ceedling and release a new Rubygem to bundle the latest TDD counterparts, CMock and Unity, to utilize Travis CI to monitor the health of our tools at the ThrowTheSwitch GitHub organization! Atomic Object has blazed the trail of bringing effective test-driven development (TDD) and continuous integration (CI) to C development for nearly a decade. When we embarked on […]

Working with Custom Return Values in GoogleMock

When working with the GoogleMock C++ mocking library, you can get pretty far using only default expectation return values or explicitly specifying expectation return values. There are some additional options that can save you a lot of effort in some circumstances though. Let’s take a look at a few of them. Standard Values Consider an […]

Acceptance Testing C++ with Cucumber and the Wire Protocol

Acceptance Test Driven Development has become a popular practice for establishing and validating what done means for a feature. Cucumber has gained much popularity in validating Ruby code, especially for Ruby on Rails web applications. The Wire Protocol was added to Cucumber to support testing different languages by implementing a simple Wire Server in the […]

RapidXml – A Lightweight xml Library for C++

I don’t write in C++ frequently and I can’t say that I am sad about that. However, we all have those projects where, for some reason or another, we must use a tool that wouldn’t normally be our first choice. In one particular case, just recently, I was given a library written in C++ that […]