Home > Articles > Programming > C/C++

  • Print
  • + Share This
This chapter is from the book

2.8 Postscript

No programming language is perfect. Fortunately, a programming language does not have to be perfect to be a good tool for building great systems. In fact, a general-purpose programming language cannot be perfect for all of the many tasks to which it is put. What is perfect for one task is often seriously flawed for another because perfection in one area implies specialization. Thus, C++ was designed to be a good tool for building a wide variety of systems and to allow a wide variety of ideas to be expressed directly.

Not everything can be expressed directly using the built-in features of a language. In fact, that isn't even the ideal. Language features exist to support a variety of programming styles and techniques.

Consequently, the task of learning a language should focus on mastering the native and natural styles for that language—not on the understanding of every little detail of all the language features.

In practical programming, there is little advantage in knowing the most obscure language features or for using the largest number of features. A single language feature in isolation is of little interest. Only in the context provided by techniques and by other features does the feature acquire meaning and interest. Remember that the real purpose of examining the details of C++ is to be able to use them in concert to support good programming style in the context of sound designs.

  • + Share This
  • 🔖 Save To Your Account