in reply to Re: Mother of Perl
in thread Mother of Perl

Don't sugar coat things. Rejection by large parts of the Open Source community is an indicator of failure.

C++ is superior to C in every respect except:

  1. portability
  2. transparency (or predictability)

The first can be fixed. C had *exactly* the same problem and we've managed to live through it.

The second is the fatal flaw. C programmers do not accept hidden costs. The fundamental C++ idea of hiding behaviors (constructors, destructors, operator overloading, etc.) in backwards compatible C syntax was a mistake.

Strangely, C++ does not have garbage collection because this is seen as a hidden cost. Manual storage management makes C++ tremendously unappealing to anyone but a C programmer -- but the other hidden costs makes C++ unappealing to C programmers too!

If C++ had used non-C syntax for the non-C parts of the language, I think it would have completely replaced C.