3 Boost C++ libraries you might not know about

If you’re new to C++, you may not know how the Boost libraries have helped prototype many of the features you now take for granted in the standard. Before C++ 11, using the Boost Libraries was a must if you wanted to use shared pointers, static assertions, or even create a thread in a portable […]

The many ways to insert data and why they matter

Business semantics “Just insert the data!” has a very different meaning depending on your field, and it is sometimes frustrating to get the proper behavior from your DataBase Management System (DBMS). For example, in investment banking, you may want to keep all the versions and have (partial) duplicates, whereas, in manufacturing, duplicates may be undesired. […]

Energy trading: demystifying the Price Forward Curve

This blog post has been co-authored with Marc Recht from FORRS, a Quasar integration partner What is so special about trading electricity? Electricity is special. Unlike other commodities, it is very challenging to store; for most consumers, it is entirely infeasible. As such, purchasing and storing electricity in advance of demand is not viable; hedging […]

Fun with maps in C++

Why does it matter Maps, dictionaries, associative containers… However you name it, maps are omnipresent, but do you know how much the implementation matters? This article will go over what we, at Quasar, learned about maps and hash tables after years of squeezing every little bit of power out of our CPUs. Before we dive […]

3 things that make logging fast and secure

Log4J is making the news because of recent major security vulnerabilities. Writing secure software is extremely hard, and logging frameworks are often overlooked as a simple, unimportant component. Any software component that parses and outputs user input needs to be considered seriously from a security standpoint. Being written in C++, Quasar does not use log4j. […]