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Evolving a language in and for the real world

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800th Anniversary of Cambridge Univ. talk

This is a talk about the design and evolution of C++. As all programming languages, C++ owes a lot to earlier languages and evolves through the blending of ideas. This talk tries to answer some common questions about that success of C++: why did it succeed? At what did it succeed? How did it maintain a steady course over more than 25 years? At what did it not succeed? The scale of C++92s success was unanticipated and its continuing strength has left many language and business theorists puzzled, so explanations are required. Given the long time span involved and because no large system can be designed with 20-20 hindsight, a historical perspective is an essential part of any answer. A combination of technical, philosophical, and sociological issues must be considered. This talk focuses on the design aims of C++ and my philosophy of incremental language evolution relying on feedback loops. The talk gives a historical sweep from the first ideas of library design (1951) to the almost complete design of C++0x (09). It gives a few 96 but only very few 96 illustrative code examples.

This talk is part of the Wednesday Seminars - Department of Computer Science and Technology series.

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