Dr. Dobb's TechNetcast

h o m e
s c h e d u l e
a r c h i v e s
f o r u m
c h a t
f a q
t o o l s
a b o u t

dr. dobbs journal

pseudo online network

TechNetCast Special Feature


An Interview with Nathan Myers
An Interview with Stan Lippman
An Interview with Dan Saks (Upcoming)

State of C++ forum

The C++ Programming Language, 1st Edition, 1985 Earlier this year, the ISO and ANSI C++ standards committee unanimously approved and ratified the C++ standard, thus completing the standardization effort started in 1989.

The language itself has evolved significantly since its first commercial release in 1985. New features and the addition of the Standard Template Library (STL) make it a safer, more efficient language. C++ proponents also claim that the language now presents higher-level abstractions that make it easier to learn and use. [An ISO press release nicely summarizes the standardization effort and the impact of the standard.]

For a comprehensive view of the language, its design objectives and functionality, refer to the works of Bjarne Stroustrup. The creator of C++ is also its most articulate and inspired advocate.

Critics, however, point out that C++ is as complex and dangerous as ever. See recent TechNetCast interviews with Allen Holub and Bruce Eckel for contrasting opinions.

"For my application area (Scientific Computing) the changes to C++ from ARM to ISO have been mostly useless." (User Feedback)

The standard is an opportunity to catch up with the latest additions to the language. Dr. Dobb's TechNetCast presents thoughts from some of the minds behind the creation and the evolution of the language. Contribute to this ongoing discussion by posting and reading feedback on the forum.

Back to TechNetCast Home