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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RE[2]: I hate to agree with ESR...
by Vanders on Sat 11th Oct 2008 18:01 UTC in reply to "RE: I hate to agree with ESR..."
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The entire language itself is certainly huge, but I'd venture that the "working set" that most developers can use to be very productive* is really not so formidable


Agreed. Most of the C++ in Syllable for example doesn't use much more than basic classes, references and exceptions. You could do all of these things with nothing more than standard C, but doing it with C++ makes the code neater and more logical.

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