On Aug 6, 2010, at 3:08 PM, Vivek Rao wrote:
> An important counterexample to the conjecture that programming languages must continually evolve or die is C. C is very much alive, and Wikipiedia says
> "C89 is supported by current C compilers, and most C code being written nowadays is based on it"
The most recent C standard is C99. Work towards C1x is underway,
with one major feature being parallelism.
> Sure, people can discuss Fortran standards beyond F2008, but it is highly premature to make decisions about such a standard when most of the Fortran community is still using Fortran 95 or earlier versions of the language.
Many applications programmers must use a portable subset due
to their variety of customers. The choice of vendors not
to stay current doesn't help the language at all.
There are precious few complete C++98 implementations.
There are no complete C++03 implementations (to my knowledge).
Yet, work towards C++0x (where x is now 9++) continues.
At the risk of mixing metaphors, those who choose to drag anchor
should not set the pace.
> Vivek Rao