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]: Nothing wrong with it
by bnolsen on Sun 12th Oct 2008 05:28 UTC in reply to "RE: Nothing wrong with it"
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Streams are horrific. Trying to handle internationalization of "grammar" concepts utterly breaks streams to hell, which is where they should go back to.

If anything STL's iterators & algorithms are extremely powerful, amazingly so. c++0x takes this power a step further with lambdas and other things.

The collections...well they are okay but definitely show how utterly obfuscated hackers can make their code. At least they aren't c macros.

Edited 2008-10-12 05:28 UTC

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