|maturity of the c++ compiler technology Vincenzo.DeFlorio@esat.kuleuven.ac.be (Vincenzo De Florio) (1999-10-04)|
|Re: maturity of the c++ compiler technology email@example.com (1999-10-06)|
|Re: maturity of the c++ compiler technology firstname.lastname@example.org (Juergen Kahrs) (1999-10-06)|
|Re: maturity of the c++ compiler technology email@example.com (1999-10-11)|
|Re: maturity of the c++ compiler technology firstname.lastname@example.org (Jonathan Barker) (1999-10-11)|
|Re: maturity of the c++ compiler technology email@example.com (Per Bothner) (1999-10-11)|
|Re: maturity of the c++ compiler technology joerg.brunsmann@FernUni-Hagen.de (Joerg Brunsmann) (1999-10-11)|
|Re: maturity of the c++ compiler technology Juergen.Kahrs@t-online.de (Juergen Kahrs) (1999-10-13)|
|From:||Juergen Kahrs <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||6 Oct 1999 02:06:56 -0400|
|Organization:||STN Atlas Elektronik GmbH SLE1|
Vincenzo De Florio wrote:
> C++ exists since 1984 or so, but the c++ compiler technology has just
> recently reached a mature and reliable status.
Really, has it reached a "reliable status" ? Your suggestive question
seems to be wishful thinking. Notice that here, you already answer
the question you ask later.
> Many compilers were available since a long time, though apparently
> they were not completely reliable and bugfree. Could you give me an
> idea about *when* this state of things changed?
You yourself wrote that it "has just recently reached a mature and
reliable status". Even thinking that C++ compilers are not stable
seems to be impossible to many people.
An exercise to the reader: On page 46 of Bjarne S's book
The C++ programming language (3.ed.) you find this simple program:
std::cout << "Hello, world!\n";
Find a compiler which is able to produce an executable for this program.
This is not as trivial as it looks at first sight (a hint: try the
experimental egcs-2.91.66). Do not change a single byte of the source
code. Why does gcc 2.7 not succeed ? Which two lines need changing
before gcc 2.7 can compile it ? Why ? Can a language be called "stable"
before there are stable (not experimental) compilers for the language ?
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