C and C++ are different languages

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chqrlie
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C and C++ are different languages

Post by chqrlie » Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:17 pm

Would it be possible to separate C and C++ in the list of computer languages?

C++ has evolved tremendously in the last 2 decades, it has become a distant cousin with less and less in common with its ancestor C. You could introduce 2 new entries in the list, one for C, one for C++ and let the users decide if they like both or one better than the other.

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Re: C and C++ are different languages

Post by wemiao » Mon May 08, 2017 9:09 pm

I agree, they should be separated.

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Re: C and C++ are different languages

Post by sjhillier » Tue May 09, 2017 9:42 pm

chqrlie wrote:
Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:17 pm
Would it be possible to separate C and C++ in the list of computer languages?
I think this has been addressed (probably several times) in the "New Preferred Programming Language Requests" Topic. See, for example, this post.

Personally, I don't have a problem with this grouping, C is essentially a (small) subset of C++. For many problems, I'm happy just to use the C subset, but sometimes it's helpful to utilise classes and some of the STL library, so I do genuinely use both.

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