if c++ went away

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    if c++ went away

    does anyone think that c++ will ever became useless, for examle if i decided to learn c++ well and i really liked it, in 50 years would i still be using c++ or will i have to learn another laguage in the future.

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    ...or will i have to learn another laguage in the future
    Your in the wrong business if you feel it's a burden to learn new languages.

    C++ will be around for the rest of your lifetime - no need to worry there.

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    >in 50 years would i still be using c++ or will i have to learn another laguage in the future.
    If C++ is still as popular in 50 years, that doesn't say much about our ability to design quality languages, does it? You should be learning as many languages as you can anyway. Programmers with a language preference tend to miss productivity improving choices.
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    50 years? The machines will have taken over by then anyway (ala Terminator/Matrix)

    Just imagine, 50 years ago the discussion would have been on the merits of a particular type of slide rule compared to another....that seems trivial now and in 50 years time, this matter will be veiwed in the same way.

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    There still exists a demand for Fortran and COBOL programmers. Languages don't disappear into nothingness after having been used for decades. Legacy code must be maintained and updated. Also, if C++ continues to evolve as it has been, it will retain a good deal of staying power in the industry.

    And if you ever plan on majoring in CS, you're going to have to learn a lot more than C++. Hell, I've got to learn some freakin' Assembly!
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    i guess c++ is a safe bet as far as a 'long-term' language, but i don't know if I see it as the big language in 50 years... things change alot...

    you definately should learn as many languages as possible... IMO, you should even go back and learn older languages like BASIC and COBOL even if you won't be using them... as a history lesson if nothing else...
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    I think C++ will be around as long as object-oriented programming remains the paradigm by which programs are designed.

    If there is a new paradigm, I think you will see some offshoot of C++ (C+=2?) that moves to fill that niche.

    As is, I think C++ will simply evolve to meet the changing needs of the future.
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    In 50 years, if we have C+=2, we will need more English majors in the world... desparately.

    Legascy code will still be around of course, but I find it unlikely that some other language (or a drastically revised version of C++) will not take over as the dominant language. Anyways, if you learn "computer science", picking up the syntax of a new language should not be too difficult.
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    Good point, Zach. CS teaches programming concepts, not just syntax of particular languages.
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    Indeedy... My CS instructor has a really great saying to that effect: "Guys, you can teach a monkey to program, but you can't teach a monkey computer science."
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    I agree with ZachL and joshdick...if you know c++ really well it wont be a problem fr you to pick up a new programming language. That is what they teach you in a university; they teach you to think as a computer scientist...the language (any) and its syntax is just a tool to accomplish your goal, whatever that might be.

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    Originally posted by Zach L.
    In 50 years, if we have C+=2, we will need more English majors in the world... desparately.
    haha... for some reason i like the look of C+=2...
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    If you learn C++ it will give an excellent base to learn any language, and anyway as geeky as it is learning programming languages is cool.
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    since when was being a geek not cool?

    but yeah, i've found that learning c++ syntax helps with alot of other languages...
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