Using C++ in GCC is OK

Richard Guenther richard.guenther@gmail.com
Mon May 31 15:10:00 GMT 2010


On Mon, May 31, 2010 at 4:58 PM, Gabriel Dos Reis
<gdr@integrable-solutions.net> wrote:
> On Mon, May 31, 2010 at 3:42 AM, Basile Starynkevitch
> <basile@starynkevitch.net> wrote:
>> On Mon, May 31, 2010 at 01:39:08AM -0500, Gabriel Dos Reis wrote:
>>> On Mon, May 31, 2010 at 12:28 AM, Basile Starynkevitch
>>> <basile@starynkevitch.net> wrote:
>>>
>>> > At last, there is a very important issue when switching to C++. What is
>>> > our "ideal" class hierarchy?
>>>
>>> The ideal class hierarchy is independent of the language used.  The language
>>> matters only to the extend that it provides direct support (or lack thereof) to
>>> express that hierarchy.
>>
>>
>> I fully agree (and indeed we could have a quite clean class hierarchy
>> in C, like GTK have),
>
> and as a matter of fact, we do already have a class hierarchy.  The issue there
> I suspect is whether its expression in C is faithful.
>
>> but a transition to C++ could also be the time
>> for defining more properly our type or class hierarchies.
>
> yes, it definitely is an opportunity to revise the design as we are revisiting
> the area, but that should be orthogonal to the rest.

And we definitely should not do so just because we can.  I see
little value in turning our tree upside-down just because we now
can use C++ and make everything a class rather than a union.

Richard.



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