This makes me think...
Posted Jun 4, 2004 10:38 UTC (Fri) by dvdeug
In reply to: This makes me think...
Parent article: Finding kernel problems automatically
Yes, witness C++. Part of C++'s problem is that it's an incredible pain to parse correctly (notice that GCC ended up completely rewritting the C++ parser to properly support standard C++.) Part of the reason is that C++ was designed based on the already complex C syntax.
Another problem with C++ is that C--especially real world C, but even standard C--and C++ aren't completely compatible either way. Stroustroup had to make a few minor tweaks that lost compatibility to make C++ work right. A strong-C is more than likely going to have a few edge cases where things don't work exactly the same.
To use a few preprocessor defines to remove the strong-C is going to hamstring your efforts; the differences are just not going to be that minimal, and that tightly limits your syntax. What you're asking for is basically the system described in the article, not a new language.
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