Manuel Simoni's blog about programming (languages).
Wait, really? This is the first thing I've ever seriously disagreed with on this blog. I understand that one of C++'s biggest problems is just how big it is, but a lot of the features (lambdas, range-based for loops, smart pointers) only make the language easier for newcomers. I only list those 3 because they're the one's I've found to be all but indispensable now that I've gotten used to them.
Next: On hearing that several implementations of C++11 already exist... :)
Just love how they add features to "simplify" the language.
@dmbarbour: haha, my thoughts exactly
@dmbarbour: Most of the practical complexity of C++ is not in the language itself but in the knowledge of how to use it safely — all languages require this, but C++ requires an unusually large amount. If new features reduce this enough, they could be a net simplification. For example, adding lambda (even a crippled demi-lambda) means users don't have to know how and when to work around its absence.I don't think this will work very well for C++, though, because there's so much old code that everyone has to know how to maintain, and because the language is already so complex that many users won't learn the new features.
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