Succeeding C. (Software Review) (C++ programming language) (evaluation) Franz, Marty

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Franz, Marty
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PC Tech Journal
Evaluation; Business; Computers
The C++ programming language is evaluated in comparison to C, and the Guidelines C++ 1.1 (Guidelines Software) and Advantage C++ 1.1M3 (Lifeboat Associates) compilers for generating C code for Microsoft's C Compiler are compared. C++ adds: object-oriented programming sentences, which are individually discussed; function arguments; passing of any number of arguments to a function and assigning of default values; declaration syntax references to a data type's address; execution speed; less overhead. C++ performs little extra processing at runtime. The compilers both: are slow; add little runtime overhead to native C; and perform comparably to standard C code. $195 Guidelines is slightly faster; neither matches the standard documentation for C compilers. Overall comments are: the added processing time and driver syntax and environment needed to use C++ are disagreeable; the strategy of adding statements to C rather than improving the program writing and debugging process is dubious; and C++ is mainly useful to large teams developing sizable software because of its expressive power and syntactic rigor - but not speed.
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