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GCC begins move to C++

Jun 02, 2010, 20:34 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Mitchell)

"I am pleased to report that the GCC Steering Committee and the FSF have approved the use of C++ in GCC itself. Of course, there's no reason for us to use C++ features just because we can. The goal is a better compiler for users, not a C++ code base for its own sake.

"Before we start to actually use C++, we need to determine a set of coding standards that will apply to use of C++ within GCC. At first, I believe that we should keep the set of C++ features permitted small, in part so that GCC developers not familiar with C++ are not rapidly overwhelmed by a major change in the implementation language for the compiler itself. We can always use more of C++ later if it seems appropriate to do so, then."

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