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Subject: Re: [boost] [smart_ptr] Interest in the missing smart pointer (that can target the stack)
From: Noah (duneroadrunner_at_[hidden])
Date: 2016-02-03 02:05:11

On 2/2/2016 6:36 PM, Emil Dotchevski wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 6:20 PM, Noah <duneroadrunner_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> Noah, see

Emil, yeah I actually saw this a while ago. It was good the second time
'round too. Before C++11, I was so ready to dump C++ for a more modern
language unencumbered by C++'s legacy baggage. The only problem is that
every language that came along for some reason seemed to choose
mandatory garbage collection at the expense of raii. I don't know what
the state of D is these days, but at least initially they seemed to be
embracing garbage collection as well. I just can't accept that
non-deterministic garbage collection is the right answer. But since
C++11, it seems C++ may now be powerful enough to provide modern
alternatives to it's own problematic legacy language elements. And my
library was an attempt to see if this was possible. And so far it seems
to be.

 From slide 28 of his talk about why C++ is not going be fixed:

        - Too complicated to fix.
        - Too constrained by legacy code compatibility requirements.
        - <in bold> No real interest by user community or standardization

It seems the only way anyone's going to be interested in adopting safer
language elements is to market it as a brand new language :)

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