Why is python not written in C++ ?

Paul Rubin no.email at nospam.invalid
Thu Aug 5 01:23:52 CEST 2010


Lawrence D'Oliveiro <ldo at geek-central.gen.new_zealand> writes:
> So how was C++ able to get popular in the first place? And how was
> Java able to grab some share from it?

C++ made improvements over C that were necessary and welcome for
controlling the complexity of large programs, while remaining mostly
upward compatible with C.  Java abandoned C compatibility and added
memory safety and GC.  That got rid of legacy-related pain and improved
program reliability and eased debugging considerably, at some cost in
performance.  Java was also on the OO bandwagon of the 1990's, which
translated into good marketing back then, but is part of the cause of
the massive bureaucracy and bloat in the Java runtime environment.  C++
seems to have made something of a comeback because of this, and Java now
has generics patterned after C++'s.



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