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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Adobe probably has no problems linking in arbitrary C++ code into a program that contains a smaller Objective-C 'View' component. That's a lot harder to do with Java (which doesn't have great support on the Mac anyway.. so that wouldn't be an option).

Microsoft's equivalent set of tools, the Expression Suite, is actually partially written in C#. It's entrenched like Adobe's stuff, but I'm sure they would refrain from C# entirely if it were incapable. Media Center is also written in Managed Code and seems to perform quickly enough (at the very least it doesn't seem to be CPU-bound).

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