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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michi
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2006-02-04

Well there are two different design principles. Objective-C followed the keep it simple principle while C++ followed the, lets take every feature there is on earth and press it into the language approach.


Objective-C may be simpler then C++, but it is also way more limited then C++. For example it is impossible to write a efficient vector class in Objective-C. In C++ you would to something like:

public class Vector
{
public:
Vector(double x, double y, double z);
Vector operator+(Vector v);
double operator*(Vector v);
...
}

In Objective-C it is just not possible to write light-wight classes. Every method invocation is a hashtable lookup. You can of course use C-structs but in my opinion this is also suboptimal.

Objective-C also does not offer operator overloading and templates which are quite useful for numeric stuff, just think about matrix multiplication.

In my opinion the scope of Objective-C is much more limited then C++, but for some things it might be the better language.

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