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"I did it for you all" - Bjarne Stroustrup

Discussion in 'C, C++, C#' started by Chapati, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. Chapati

    Chapati Newbie

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    So I stumbled on this interview with Bjarne Stroustrup, the creator of C++, basically saying that he made C++ to be incredibly inefficient so that it would take such a long time to make a program in C++ and as a result programmers would make a lot of money.

    I don't know, this is old, maybe everyone knows about it, but I just found it now. I'm not a C++ programmer but from my perceptions of it, this interview seems to nail it right on the head.

    Just wondering what you C++ programmers out there think about this? Accurate or no? It makes me kind of want to learn c++ and kind of not lol.

    http://harmful.cat-v.org/software/c++/I_did_it_for_you_all
     
  2. Rick4691

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    This is a hoax.

    Look at the "External Links" section of the Wikipedia page on Stroustrup:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bjarne_Stroustrup#External_links

    Also, the purported interview is reproduced here with a terse response from the man himself (supposedly...):

    http://www.m0rph.com/c++/bjarne2.shtml#bresp

    And here at the AT&T site, is Stroustrup's quick answer to the FAQ regarding the "interview":

    http://www.research.att.com/~bs/bs_faq.html#IEEE

    That's enough for me to doubt the authenticity of the interview.

    Still, I think Stroustrup should get a sense of humor and make a more refined version of this interview as prank for next April Fool's Day.
     
  3. ForeverNever

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    I'm not going to doubt it because I know of something very similar to this.

    Not only will programmers make a lot of money, but because of how c++ is designed, a lot of the language is really only readable by the guy that created whatever code there is (though others can read it, it can take a long time). Therefore that guy will be needed if that code ever needs to be changed.

    That's why programmers always keep there jobs.

    Brilliant really.
     
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  4. seeplusplus

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    hehe, that made me lol
     
  5. Bacanze

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    Lol'd

    I'm familiar with Strustrup, although it's a good theory, I'm 97% sure it's not true based on the literature I've read that has been written by him.
     
  6. seeplusplus

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    The new C++0x isn't making things easier thats for sure.
     
  7. OldMadHatter

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    it sounds nice (I think I was in the audience once when the guy shared his wisdom - he must have been a very poor speaker, I don't remember what he went on about) but there must be a simpler explanation - how about lack of perspective? It reminds me of the OSI model, the king of fail.....
     
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    its a great idea, its similar to supply and demand.
     
  9. jimbobo2779

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    Haha anyone who has used C++ then gone on to learn other languages will know that this is possible, highly highly unlikely but possible. The use of pointers and references is so counter intuitive, I realise the uses of them but with the systems we have today they are not needed.

    Funny even if it isn't real.
     
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    Not officially true, yet virtually every programmer thinks this way anyways :)