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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Really? Don't forget that .Net is a JIT compiled system, which means that the first time any part of the software is used, it's slow because it's being interpreted and compiled at the same time, yet it never reaches the performance levels of a native-compiled program. Why would MS put their customers through that - something which would become very public when they are selling a large program for hundreds of pounds or dollars - when they can just use something they can compile, and ship it out ready to go?

Apart from ThinkFree, can anyone name any heavyweight software, open-source or proprietary, which is based on a non-native platform?

Yes, basically all java web containers, Eclipse, Netbeans, Intellij, Google Android, Limewire etc...

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