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]: c++
by ashigabou on Sun 12th Oct 2008 07:35 UTC in reply to "RE: c++"
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The biggest valid complaints I've seen about c++ is that it allows for far too many different dialects to exist, all based on what company you work for or who you work with (of course the dialect I used is the best :-p )


This is an extremely strong disadvantage in the context of what ESR is saying: open source programming. It is true that you can alleviate the over complexity of the language in a strongly controlled environment, with one coding style, the do and don't. But in open source programming, this becomes an almost fatal flaw. Only really big projects can deal with C++ (KDE, mozilla).

Also, C++ does not tend well to code reuse; this is linked to the previous point , since it id difficult to reuse the code using one subset in a project using another one. It is difficult as hell to interface to other languages because of its complicated linking model, templates can't be used either as a library without a lot of boilerplate. It is true that STL-like containers are useful, but it comes at such a high price that I am not so sure anymore a plain C library is not better in most cases.

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