I hate C++. I will never ever use it by choice to write software again.
C has been my favorite programming language for many years, but I never really did anything with C++.
I’ve decided it’s incredibly wordy, error messages from the STL are really hard to read, there are so many things I need to do myself instead of having the compiler take care of them for me, there are many ways to do everything, it takes an incredibly long amount of time to compile my small application, and the standard library is so small and painful to work with. I could go on and on.
I don’t hate pointers, I don’t need automatic garbage collection, but holy moley it feels like everything that’s been implemented in C++ has been done in the worse way possible.
Why is this language so popular? It has almost an infinite number of features, which can be nice I suppose. If you want a fast, compiled, object oriented capable language then there traditionally aren’t too many options. Some others are Ada and Objective-C.
I may have made a mistake. Before working on my first C++ application, I wrote my first Python application. I think Python spoiled me.
I wish there was a language that was like Python but compiled like C. I’m sure many programmers want the same thing. Maybe one exists, but if it does I don’t think it’s very popular yet.
For now, I think I’m going to start using Python a lot more. Throughout my life as a programmer, I’ve written software in assembly and C. I’ve learned a lot about good programming principles and managing all of the details in the code myself.
But I’m getting of tired of it. Writing code in a language like C++ can be kind of fun, but I never get anywhere. Alternatively, with Python I can have fun and actually finish an application.