Re: Use cases for C++

"Bo Persson" <>
Mon, 20 Oct 2008 18:45:28 +0200
Achim Schneider wrote:

I recently (6 months ago, that is) started to learn C++ because it's
needed in a significant number of job ads, now find my way around
but utterly lack routine. Besides doing boring exercises like
"implement that and that data structure clean and efficient", I
feel that what I really need to do is some sort of full-fledged
(however small) program, not something abstract. I do know C quite
in-depth, though.

However, I can't think of a thing to do where I wouldn't choose
Haskell or Scheme before even considering C++, which may very well
be because my greater expertise in the former ones makes me blind
for C++'s strengths.

So, here's my question: What kind of program/project is C++'s home
turf, where you just can't get around using it on a big scale (that
is, excluding library interfaces and small amounts of generated

PS: No, I'm not trying to start a flame war. I really don't know.

Have you checked out this list of major C++ applications?

Things like telecom, CAD, games, operating systems, compilers,
databases, web servers, and Java VMs :-)

Bo Persson

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