Actually C++98 is great counterexample...
Posted Jul 21, 2011 21:52 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: Poettering: systemd for Administrators, Part IX
Parent article: Poettering: systemd for Administrators, Part IX
Sure, some things in C++98 were only implemented by a few compilers, but it's kind of surprising how many things which were only theoretical when standard was written were actually implemented (and were found to be useful) in compilers.
IMNSHO C++98 is rare example of usable and working "design-first" standard.
P.S. The only big difference between C++98 and C++0x is the fact that GCC community was mostly ignored when C++98 was designed where in C++0x it's one of the most important participants. Other then that they are quite similar: all ideas are more-or-less tested but the cohesive whole does not exist at the time of standard ratification.
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