[Edu-sig] Compatibility and legacy in language evolution

Jan Claeys lists at janc.be
Tue Sep 12 23:37:21 CEST 2006

Op za, 09-09-2006 te 17:53 -0700, schreef Radenski, Atanas:
> Strictly speaking this is true, but Mr. Stroustrups own papers also
> explain how important the full C/C++ compatibility is - and that
> achieving it is his ideal

Well, strictly speaking language A can only be fully compatible with
language B and have more features if language B has a mechanism for
extension that ignores unknown features.  Considering that C has no such
mechanism, C++ will never be 100% compatible with C.

Jan Claeys

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