Silly newbie question - Carrot character (^)
roy at panix.com
Sun Nov 7 04:10:21 CET 2010
In article <87fwve53ve.fsf at xemacs.org>,
Hrvoje Niksic <hniksic at xemacs.org> wrote:
> It's not a matter of quality, but of intended audience. To most
> ordinary programmers the standards documents such as the C standard, the
> C++ standard, or the Python reference are quite dense and hard to use as
> a reference, and yet they are considered quite well done.
Not only is the C++ reference obtuse and dense, it's also not commonly
available. It is copyright by ISO and only available for a fee. I own
a copy, but I'd venture to say that the vast majority of C++ programmers
out there have never seen one.
Heck, if was a programmer and wanted to spend money today to buy a copy,
I wouldn't even know where to go to order one. I googled for "iso c++
standard" and found http://www.open-std.org/jtc1/sc22/wg21/, which
includes a well-hidden link to
http://www.open-std.org/jtc1/sc22/wg21/docs/standards, which says,
"Published ISO and IEC standards can be purchased from a member body of
ISO or IEC". How one would go about figuring out who such member body
is, I have no idea. Any self-respecting C++ programmer would have given
up the scavenger hunt by now. Just kept throwing typecasts at your code
until it compiles, and move on.
Python may not have a reference manual which is up to the quality of the
C++ manual, but what's there is freely available on docs.python.org.
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