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[4]: c++
by Detlef Niehof on Sun 12th Oct 2008 09:26 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: c++"
Detlef Niehof
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2006-05-02

This leading to the banana/gorilla problem.


Hm? What's that supposed to mean?

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RE[5]: c++
by hashnet on Sun 12th Oct 2008 09:35 in reply to "RE[4]: c++"
hashnet Member since:
2005-11-15

If just want or need the banana, you will also get the whole banana tree complete with the gorilla that was inside.

Or: try to pull just the one or two classes you need. In the end, you'll end up with the whole hierarchy linked into your program.

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RE[6]: c++
by Detlef Niehof on Sun 12th Oct 2008 17:08 in reply to "RE[5]: c++"
Detlef Niehof Member since:
2006-05-02

If just want or need the banana, you will also get the whole banana tree complete with the gorilla that was inside.


Idiosyncratic analogy IMO - but anyway, thanks for the explanation!

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