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C++ proposal dismisses backward compatibility

April 2, 2020

Via: InfoWorld

A working group of the C++ language standards committee has floated a proposal to evolve the language with an emphasis on safety and simplicity, rather than backward and binary compatibility, raising the question of whether the language could possibly fork.

A paper published March 2 puts forward goals and priorities for C++ — such as code being simple to write and read as well as fast and scalable development—that the authors believe C++ requires as a high-performance systems language. Their list of non-goals includes backward and forward compatibility and a stable application binary interface (ABI) for the language and library.

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