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From: Tony Juricic (tonygeek_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-09-19 07:12:08

"Robert Ramey" wrote:

> However, sticking to one compiler is a big mistake if you want to make
> code. All compilers have problems. One problem is that all pass some
> invalid code as valid. It fools you into thinking there's no bugs or
> hides your bugs so you can't find them. Also C++ is so complex now (too
> complex?) that I can't understand the error message half the time. Then
> when I do I'm left wondering if it's a compiler bug or is it that I don't
> understand what's going on.

You are right, of course. Sorry that I exaggerated (admittedly on purpose)
partly because this is fifth (if I even remember correctly) cross-platform
build tool that I encounter and it won't be the first nor the last time that
a parameter or a click on some checkbox in some environment resolves
troubles with the 'generic' tool that may take weeks to understand and fix.

But for all practical purposes I can not deny that, in my experience at
least, the availability and the combination of both platform-specific and
generic build tools (rather than emphasis or sticking to any of them) is the
best of both worlds. So I believe that having directories with
compiler-specific project files is a good idea that should be encouraged.


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