Things you hate in C/C++

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    Things you hate in C/C++

    Hey guys, I want to know the features you are most annoyed in C/C++. (apart from segmentation faults)
    I await your feedback.
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    Goto.

    They should get rid of it. It is capable of ****ing up perfectly good code.

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    I hate it if I write a proggie in winapi or whatever that works as sweet as a nut on my Win2K PC, then I go to work and try show it off and the damn thing doesnt work for whatever reason......BAH

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    1. I would really like to change how it handles integer division w/ negative numbers... basically, / should always round down, and % should always give a positive result.

    2. A preprocessor operator that could tell the type of a variable would be nice (kinda like sizeof(), but typeof())

    3. Using 0 as NULL should be undefined.
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    int main (void) should be compulsary, compilers should throw an error if they encounter void main () or any other alias of it

    compilers should throw a warning if it encounters a system call
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    the strings. it gets very confusing. i sometimes don't know if my pointer has a real string attached or not. basically a new variable type but which clears out space during initialization, acts like a normal variable(so it can pass the string into a func. like any other one), and can assign a string to a variable without the programmer being worried about buffer overruns, strcpy, etc...

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    Programs that don't work.

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    Originally posted by Govtcheez
    Programs that don't work.
    Of course, everyone knows that if a program won't work it's not your fault, it's most definately the language.

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    > it's most definately the language.

    Absolutely. My compiler should know what I want to do and do it. And then order me pizza.

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    the error:

    To many error or warning messages.

    I hate it when i get that one....then I know Ive done something wrong...

    And where the heck is this "Any" key everybody speaks of?
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    I hate malloc and all its friends (C). Mainly because I always forget to use them.
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    The syntax, its so ugly (with semicolons and whatnot) as well as how much of a pain in the ass it is to do graphics (I finished qBASIC programming before this and it was sooooo simple to do simple graphics). Also sometimes 1 little syntax error can somehow give you 50 freakin errors. And i hate the fact that floats aren't that accurate and as far as I know (someone correct me if I'm wrong) you can't make a data type like a quadruple float.

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    I actually hate excessive use of preprocessor. I was looking at the source of linux kernel and saw stuff like that

    in file zz.h
    #include xx.h
    #define _status (x) >> 1


    in file xx.h
    #define __status _status
    A couple of lines below
    #define ___status __status

    Yes, The language can give you some capabilities. But why are these programmers are in love with these definitions? When I look at the code half of my time is wasted to understand what these #defines mean.
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    Originally posted by ozgulker
    I actually hate excessive use of preprocessor. I was looking at the source of linux kernel and saw stuff like that

    in file zz.h
    #include xx.h
    #define _status (x) >> 1


    in file xx.h
    #define __status _status
    A couple of lines below
    #define ___status __status

    Yes, The language can give you some capabilities. But why are these programmers are in love with these definitions? When I look at the code half of my time is wasted to understand what these #defines mean.
    Gah...yes I totally aggree. If you create an app with MFC, the preprocessor commands and comments make it difficult to read what the hell was actually produced.

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