Pete Becker

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Pete Becker is a consultant and computer programmer, recognized as one of the world's foremost experts in the C++ programming language. He has been contributing to the C++ standardization process since its start and has authored several publications, including magazine articles and columns, and a book on the first C++ Library Technical Report (aka TR1).


Becker worked for eight years at Borland International as a quality assurance engineer and manager, library implementor, and development manager. From 1997 to 2005 he was employed at Dinkumware, working on the source code and documentation of their C++ Standard Library and C Standard Library implementations.

C++ Standards Committee[edit]

Becker has been a member of the ISO/IEC (JTC1/SC22/WG21) C++ Standards committee since its inception in 1991. His work includes a proposal for standard support of dynamic libraries[1] and arbitrary-precision arithmetic[2] in C++. He has been the Project Editor from 2004 until 2011, when C++11 was released.


Becker has written several columns and articles, focusing primarily on C++. From 1995 to 2001, Becker was a regular columnist for C/C++ Users Journal. From 2005 to 2006 he wrote a monthly column entitled "The New C++ Not-So-Standard Library", focusing on various aspects of the C++ TR1 library extensions. After C/C++ Users Journal merged with Dr Dobbs Journal, Becker's column reappeared as "The New C++", now focusing on more general aspects of C and C++ programming.[3]

In 2006 he published The C++ Standard Library Extensions: A Tutorial and Reference, a book covering the new functions and components proposed as extensions to the C++ Standard Library in C++ Technical Report 1.


  1. ^ Becker, Pete (2003-10-22). "Draft Proposal for Dynamic Libraries in C++ (Revision 1)". Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  2. ^ Becker, Pete (2012-02-24). "Proposal for Unbounded-Precision Integer Types". Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  3. ^ Erickson, Jonathan (2006-04-01). "Comings and Goings". Dr Dobbs Journal. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 

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