Neovim for C/C++ development

Neovim is a great productivity tool for working with C and C++ codebases — when properly configured and using some plugins, of course! Here’s how I configure neovim with clangd, vim-plugin, node-js, and other components that may need to be installed or updated.

Installing prerequisite packages

Here are some of the required third-party packages you may have to install:

$ sudo apt install ninja-build gettext libtool libtool-bin autoconf automake cmake pkg-config unzip curl

Updating gcc on your Linux machine

I’m currently using Linux Mint 19.3 on my development machine (I know, it’s a bit outdated, but it’s rock solid, and I haven’t found a compelling reason to updgrade), and it has version 7.4 of the gcc compiler installed. Here’s how I upgraded to the latest compiler version and configured it for the default compiler selection:

$ apt-cache search gcc  

$ sudo apt-get install gcc-8 g++-8

$ sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/gcc gcc /usr/bin/gcc-8 20 --slave /usr/bin/g++ g++ /usr/bin/g++-8

$ gcc --version
gcc (Ubuntu 8.4.0-1ubuntu1~18.04) 8.4.0  <2>
Copyright (C) 2018 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is NO

Use apt-cache search to list all available versions of the software compatible with your Linux system — For my system, this is version *8.4*

Use update-alternatives to configure the system to use the newly-installed version of gcc and g++.

Lastly, verify that the system uses the newly-installed version of gcc and g++ with gcc --version.

Installing node.js:

Let’s begin with cloning the node.js git repo and build and installing the binaries:

$ cd ~/devel
$ git clone
$ cd node
$ ./configure 
$ make -j4
$ make test-only          
$ sudo make install        

Run node on the terminal to verify the version:

$ node
Welcome to Node.js v17.0.0-pre.
Type ".help" for more information
> .exit 

Experiments With Docker on Embedded (Example)

I set out this weekend with an interesting concept, use docker to simplify development, deployment, and updates to relatively high powered embedded devices. Interestingly there is already an industry forming around this idea with companies such as However, I decided to stay platform agnostic for todays experiments, and stick with a basic docker install.

This is a heading for the code below (change size)

foreach (bag in store)
You can change the language of the code block on the settings
install docker

Here is some interesting tech that needs an image

You can use columns to better control layout. You can change the width of any column by clicking the hamburger in the top left and selecting the column.