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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payans
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2007-02-17

I think that it's a matter of how you think about programming. There is a type of person that finds C natural, and another type of person that finds C++ natural, and the two do not overlap very much.

I'd guess that this difference in psychology is what drove Stroustrup to develop C++ despite working alongside the guys who developed C. I wonder if people brought up on Pascal see any wirth in C++. C and Pascal is another similar psychological split.

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