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kuro5hin: Are you Ready For C99?

Feb 25, 2001, 19:47 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dare Obasanjo)

"ANSI and the ISO ratified the newest draft of the C standard in 1999 and unleashed the biggest changes to the language to date. New keywords, library functions, and macros are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the new improved C. In fact, the language is so different it is no longer compatible with C++. This article attempts to give an overview of the major changes made to the C language and also attempts to discover why no one yet seems to be affected by the new standard...."

"The aforementioned features are rather impressive but one soon realizes that this means that C is no longer a subset of C++. There is a list of the major incompatibilities between the current ISO standards for C and C++ on David Tribble's webpage. At this point it is still too early to see if either C or C++ will be harmed by this development but it is clear that there will be some growing pains once C99 adoption becomes widespread."

"Bjarne Stroustrup mentioned in a recent interview with LinuxWorld that he would have liked for both languages to be compatible and would favor a technical committee whose express purpose would be integrating both languages, but doubts the possibility of this coming to pass. Stroustrup also contrasted how C's technical commitee decided to implement most of the added functionality via changes to the actual C language against the C++ approach which was by adding additional libraries."

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