firstname.lastname@example.org (J.A. Magallon) wrote on 02.01.02 in <20020102013411.A5968@werewolf.able.es>:
> On 20020101 Larry McVoy wrote:
> >Makes you wonder what would happen if someone tried to design a
> >minimalistic C++, call it the "M programming language", have be close
> >to C with the minimal useful parts of C++ included.
> There are specs for something called 'Embedded C++'. You can run it on
> a cell phone, so it looks like little bloated...
Wrong metric, unless you mean you can run the *compiler* on the cell
c99.pdf: 1412026 bytes
c++98.pdf: 2860601 bytes
And remember that interactions between features go up exponentially.
I think one of the worst design decisions for C++ (hindsight, of course)
was to keep compatibility with C. The other bad one was to accept too many
The Modula-3 standard (that's an OO variant of Modula-2) had as a language
design goal that the language description should not take more than 50
pages. They overshot that, but it still was much less than 100 (somewhat
less precise than C/C++, admittedly). As a result, that language (and
consequently, programs in that language) is *much* easier to understand
That doesn't mean I'm in love with Modula-3. Actually, I don't even use
it, and I do think (hindsight again) some of the design decisions were
unfortunate. But I do think keeping an eye on the sheer mass of the spec
is a good idea.
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