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On the darker side of C++

  • Markku Sakkinen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 322)

Abstract

We discuss several negative features and properties of the C++ language, some common with C, others pertaining to C++ classes. Remedies are proposed for most of the latter ones, most of the former ones being feared to be already incurable. The worst class-related defects claimed in present C++ have to do with free store management. Some hints are given to programmers on how to avoid pitfalls.

Keywords

Base Class Class Object Object Orientation Actual String Member Function 
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© Spnnger-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Markku Sakkinen
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  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland

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