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Re: OT: C++, yuck!

From: Noel Yap
Subject: Re: OT: C++, yuck!
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2002 05:54:18 -0800 (PST)

--- Gianni Mariani <address@hidden> wrote:
> You can't be serious ! *Every* language has
> problems.  There is no panacea.
> I happen to think that C++ has a large number of
> positive things going 
> for it and it's much further along the track of
> stabilization than any 
> other language with it's capabilities.
> So, even though C++ has "niggling yucky details" it
> is the Right(tm) 
> choice for many applications; and for a large
> subset, the only suitable 
> language.
> Only WUSSes are scared by "niggling yucky details"
> ... :-))

I agree with you, too :-)

What I typically say is either you know C++ extremely
well, or you're a terrible C++ programmer (leading to
illegible code).  Not only that, but if you're an
excellent programmer, possibly using the different
paradigms (eg functional programming) where
applicable, those not familiar with all the paradigms
you use won't be able to follow what you're doing.

C++ has a huge learning curve even for the experts.  I
mean, after, what, at least 10 years of being
distributed among the masses, there's still books
being printed with new ways to design using the
language.  This attests both to the power and weakness
of C++.  OTOH, it does look like even that's
stabilising (ie the frequency of such books coming out
is decreasing) so maybe in another 10 years,
everyone'll be familiar with all the design paradigms
available in C++ :-)


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