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Comment Re:For the better? (Score 1) 345 345

I'm the other way round. I found ObjC a joy to learn, picked it up pretty quickly. C++ took several abortive attempts and had me pulling my hair out for a long time. Now that I'm relatively comfortable with both, I still find ObjC to be my path of least resistance (certainly when writing gui apps).

I'm not sure why that is exactly. I think the use of templates in C++ made it difficult for me to pick up. I know you can write C++ code without using templates, but a lot of libraries seem to make heavy use of them. The types of error messages produced by gcc when templates are involved tend to make finding out where you've gone wrong rather difficult at times.

I know though that I have a lot to learn in C++. Specifically, I have yet to write my own generic class or function. I'm sure I will at some point, but so far there hasn't been much call for them in the problem domain I tend to use C++ for.


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egil writes "Chris Fenton built his own fully functional 1/10 scale Cray-1 supercomputer. True to the original, it includes the couch-seat, but is also binary compatible with the original. Instead of the power-hungry ECL technology, however, the scale model is built around a Xilinx Spartan-3E 1600 development board. All software is available if you want to build one for your own living room. The largest obstacle in the project is to find original software."

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