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Lies in education [was Re: The "loop and a half"]


On 11/10/2017 14:16, Marko Rauhamaa wrote:

> C++'s main problem is that it tries to solve the wrong problem. A C++
> compiler seeks to make sure your program doesn't have bugs. That noble
> (but futile) goal makes it painful to program in C++.

It's painful to program for lots of reasons, I don't think that is the 
main one.

The ideas behind C++'s many features individually make perfectly good 
sense - on paper. Until you look at ghastly examples of C++ source code 
and it really hurts your eyes.


> Python and C don't try to protect you. In return, you get syntactic
> convenience that probably enhances the quality of your programs.

Python, maybe. C syntax isn't as painful as C++ but I still have a lot 
of trouble with it. (Eg. the variable declaration 'char(*(*x[3])())[5]'. 
The name of the variable can be found lurking in that lot somewhere, but 
what's the type?) Not so convenient.

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bartc