C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot; C++ makes it harder, but when you do it blows your whole leg off.
C++ is designed to allow you to express ideas, but if you don't have ideas or don't have any clue about how to express them, C++ doesn't offer much help.
When done well, software is invisible.
There's an old story about the person who wished his computer were as easy to use as his telephone. That wish has come true, since I no longer know how to use my telephone.
The most fundamental problem in software development is complexity. There is only one basic way of dealing with complexity: divide and conquer
Destructors for virtual base classes are executed in the reverse order of their appearance in a depth-first left-to-right traversal of the directed acyclic graph of base classes.
The most important single aspect of software development is to be clear about what you are trying to build.
C++ is my favorite garbage collected language because it generates so little garbage
The first law of computer science: Every problem is solved by yet another indirection.
A program that has not been tested does not work.
It's easy to win forgiveness for being wrong; being right is what gets you into real trouble.
Java isn't platform independent; it is a platform
An organisation that treats its programmers as morons will soon have programmers that are willing and able to act like morons only.
There are more useful systems developed in languages deemed awful than in languages praised for being beautiful - many more.
If you think it's simple, then you have misunderstood the problem.
How to test?" is a question that cannot be answered in general. "When to test?" however, does have a general answer: as early and as often as possible.
Anybody who comes to you and says he has a perfect language is either naive or a salesman.
People who passionately want to believe that the world is basically simple react to this with a fury that goes beyond what I consider appropriate for discussing a programming language.
To many managers, getting rid of the arrogant, undisciplined, over-paid, technology-obsessed, improperly-dressed etc. programmers would appear to be a significant added benefit
And no, I'm not a walking C++ dictionary. I do not keep every technical detail in my head at all times. If I did that, I would be a much poorer programmer. I do keep the main points straight in my head most of the time, and I do know where to find the details when I need them.
Design and programming are human activities; forget that and all is lost.
Our civilization depends critically on software, and we have a dangerously low degree of professionalism in the computer fields
Tom [Cargil]s suggestion with a further idea: Propsers of new [C++] features should be required to donate a kidney. That would - Jim [Waldo] pointed out - make people think hard before proposing, and even people without any sense would propose at most two extensions.
Nobody should call themselves a professional if they only knew one language.
First, I'd like to see the basic tools such as compilers, debuggers, profilers, database interfaces, GUI builders, CAD tools, and so forth fully support the ISO standard.
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