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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PlatformAgnostic
Member since:
2006-01-02

It's possible (and done with all libraries and many commercial .NET packages) to have the code precompiled into native images and stored in the .NET image cache using the NGEN system. This has a mixed effect because some of the dynamic parts of the code become slower (the native code has to have extra checks for cases which were not known at pre-compiling time). On the other hand, the code pages become shareable and you don't pay the initial load time and runtime costs of JITting the code.

It's possible to have C# compiled all the way to native code and have no JIT at all. The Bartok compiler from the Singularity group at MSR does this.

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IndigoJo Member since:
2005-07-06

Is the Bartok compiler commercially available, or has anyone come up with an open-source native compiler? (I guess not, because we'd know about it.)

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PlatformAgnostic Member since:
2006-01-02

I think Bartok is available for research use (in binary form only) with the Singularity RDK on CodePlex. I have not verified this myself.

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