why gcc-3.1?

Don Smith don_smith at att.net
Mon May 27 20:52:38 PDT 2002


Matthias Benkmann wrote:
> 
> On Mon, 27 May 2002 13:13:49 -0400 Don Smith <don_smith at att.net> wrote:
> 
> > Actually, the main reason for upgrading to gcc-3.x is that it follows
> > the latest C++ specification put out by Bjarne Stroustrup a couple of
> > (5!) years ago, The C++ Programming Language, Third Edition:
> 
> Well, actually that 5 year old specification is the ANSI C++ standard. And
> it is not put out by Bjarne Stroustrup (although he did, being the
> original inventor of C++, have a major influence) but by a committee."The
> C++ Programming Language" is not and was never intended to be a
> specification of C++. It is an in-depth discussion of many of the
> language's features and design decisions but it is not a complete
> specification that compiler writers could use to implement a C++ compiler.
> MSB
> 

Yes, I know. Just trying to be brief. Probably should have inserted ANSI
and said "which was described by" instead of "put out by". It's just
that the book has supplanted the ANSI spec in my mind as it is a whole
lot easier to read.

Don
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