Re: Will interest in C++ be revived after the Java fallout?

James Kanze <>
Tue, 25 Jan 2011 11:43:16 -0800 (PST)
On Jan 25, 6:25 pm, Carlo Milanesi <>

Nomen Nescio wrote:

I wonder if the enormous fallout between Oracle and the open-source
community over Java will lead to a renewed interest in C++.

I think Java and C++ belong to different camps, and therefore they are
not in competition. A relatively low level language like C++ has always
been and will keep to be a competitor of C language and of Fortran language.
I think that in the future C++ will be used less and less for GUI-based
or Web-based applications, and more and more for embedded software,
device drivers, numerical analysis libraries, and high-performance video
games engines.

Do people still write GUI applications? I thought that everyone
used html and a browser for user interaction. (And I'm being
faceous. I hope.)

One place C++ very definitely rules is large scale servers. The
HTML formatting may (and often is) deferred to Java, since
that's what the web server implementation supports, but the web
server implementation, and all of the programs that Java
interrogates to get the data, are written in C++. (The new
ones, anyway. There are still a lot floating around that were
written in C.)

James Kanze

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