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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elanthis
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2007-02-17

I think you're confused, kid. Java and .NET can run with some of their code compiled to native machine code at runtime, but that's not the same thing as a language that compiles to native code. You still need the actual managed runtime environment (which is quite different than just linking a shared library) for Java/.NET to work.

Basically, with C/C++, you can write code that runs on a machine in which no existing runtime or standard library yet exists (assuming your compiler has a target for it), where-as with Java/.NET, you need to port millions of lines of code (which themselves are written in -- wait for it -- C and C++) over to the platform first.

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