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Comment Re:Simple != worse (Score 1) 240

It sounds like what you're referring to may be a reference an oft-quoted piece from Brian Kernighan (originally via "The Elements of Programming Style"):

“Everyone knows that debugging is twice as hard as writing a program in the first place. So if you’re as clever as you can be when you write it, how will you ever debug it?”

Comment Re:Is the complexity of C++ a practical joke? (Score 2) 427

They do use it for Intellisense though, because C++ code is so difficult to process that Microsoft couldn't manage to re-use their own (presumably it'd be too much work to re-architect).

Which means that there are essentially only two truly robust, re-usable C++ front-ends in the world: Clang and EDG. This is bad for everyone, because it hurts portability.

(So I totally emphasize with the OP's comments. I wish there were some way to version the language, so that we wouldn't have to be saddled with backwards compatibiliy cruft for eternity.)

Comment Re:Sun did not make money on this stuff (Score 4, Interesting) 388

From Mike's blog (in reference to the ZFS+Fishworks effort), probably the highest profile departure from the aforementioned article is this fun fact:

"What began as a mere $2.1M incremental engineering investment for 2.8 years has now shipped more than 100 petabytes, more than 6000 systems, and 100X in revenue. "

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