"10. The Positive Legacy of C++ and Java To understand how the
language can be both unpleasant and complicated, and well designed
at the same time, you must keep in mind the primary design decision
upon which everything in C++ hung: compatibility with C. Stroustrup
decided -- and correctly so, it would appear -- that the way to get
the masses of C programmers to move to objects was to make the move
transparent: to allow them to compile their C code unchanged under
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