Linked by David Adams on Sat 11th Oct 2008 16:48 UTC, submitted by IndigoJo
General Development Eric Raymond is working on an essay, putatively titled "Why C++ Is Not My Favorite Programming Language". In his announcement, he calls it "an overcomplexity generator", "bloated, obfuscated, unwieldy, rigid, and brittle", and alleges that these characteristics appear in C++ applications also. I contend that many of the complaints about C++ are petty or are aimed at specific libraries or poor documentation and that many of the features commonly regarded as unnecessary (and excluded from intended replacements) are, in fact, highly useful. C++: the Ugly Useful Programming Language
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by _LH_ on Sat 11th Oct 2008 17:42 UTC
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The bad thing about C++ is that it's way too easy to program fugly code which no one can read now maintain. If - on the other hand - you have a bunch of good and experienced coders and software architects, you usually end up having code which looks very similar to Java (except that you can sum complex numbers with '+' operator) but is fully native and can be fine-tuned for performance where it really matters. If you don't believe this, just look at some Qt4 programs.

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