Python training time (was)

John Ochiltree johnochiltree at
Wed Feb 5 08:02:24 CET 2003

Brandon Van Every wrote:

> I knew *every* aspect of C++ in 1994, but since then the language has
> grown.
> :-)  In 1996 I took a job that did only C.  I discovered how much I could
> get done with only C.  In 1998 I resumed C++ on my own.  I didn't bother
> to
> catch up to the current C++ standard until fairly recently.  The only
> "newfangled" thing I make use of is exception handling.  I'm peripherally
> aware of various cast and operator tricks, but the need for them just
> hasn't
> come up.  Back in the day, STL wasn't worth considering because it wasn't
> really standard and tended to be broken.  Even today, I hear that vendors'
> STLs tend to be broken, so I am leery of trusting any long term
> development
> to them.  I'd say the yawning gap in my C++ knowledge is STL.  Other than
> that, I'd say I know 90% of the language.

The STL description and commentary in Stroustrup is nearly half the book. 
How can you claim you know 90% of the language. Ahh I remember - you don't 
use patterns and templates (all those iterator templates are patterns!!!)

So, that's at least 2 languages you don't know everything about.


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