Part 19. Pattern 11. Serialization and data interchange

Succession to existing data interchange protocols is an important component of the process of porting a program solution to a new platform. You need to provide the capability of reading the existing projects’ formats, data interchange between 32-bit and 64-bit processes, etc. Continue reading

Part 18. Pattern 10. Storage of integer values in double

The type double has the capacity of 64 bits and is compatible with the standard IEEE-754 on 32-bit and 64-bit systems.

Note. IEEE 754 is a widely spread standard of floating-point number presentation format used both in software and many hardware (CPU and FPU) implementations of arithmetic operations. Many compilers of programming languages use this standard to store and perform mathematical operations. Continue reading

Part 16. Pattern 8. Memsize-types in unions

A union is specific in that way that all the union items (members of the union) are assigned the same memory space, that is they are overlapped. Although you may access this memory space with the help of any member of the union, still you should choose it so that the result is sensible.

You should be very attentive dealing with unions that include pointers and other members of a memsize-type. Continue reading

Part 15. Pattern 7. Pointer packing

A lot of errors occurring when porting code to 64-bit systems are related to changes of relations between the size of the pointer and the size of prime integers. In the environment with ILP32 data model prime integers and pointers have the same size. Unfortunately, 32-bit code always relies on this assumption. Pointers are often cast to int, unsigned, long, DWORD and other inappropriate types. Continue reading

Part 12. Pattern 4. Virtual functions

Sometimes you may see errors there is nobody’s fault about but they are still errors. Imagine that a long-long time ago (for example, in Visual Studio 6.0) a project was developed that contained the class CSampleApp which was an derived of CWinApp. The base class had the function WinHelp. The derived overridden this function and performed all the necessary actions. Continue reading