Why Can't C++ Be Used to Develop Operating System?

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    Why Can't C++ Be Used to Develop Operating System?

    Hello, every body.

    I'm sorry to bother you when you are busy. But I do need to get help from you. Recently, I had a discussion with a friend about C and C++. He said that C++ is used to develop software only, while C can not only be used to develop software, but also can be used to develop operating system. He also said that C had been proved to be able to develop a stable operating system, while C++ has not. At this point he mentioned that Unix was developed with C, and it is the most stable operating system all over the world. He also said that there is no operating system developed with C++ by now. Is that true? If it's true, why can't C++ be used to develop operating system? Is it because C++ is less efficient than C? If what he said is wrong, could you please tell me which operating system was developed with C++? Thank you very much!

    Iím learning C++ now. I had learnt C before I learn C++, and I know that C++ can do anything that C can. But why canít C++ be used to develop operating system? Itís really hard for me to understand. C is a procedural programming language, while C++ is a multiparadigm language providing support for procedural, object-based and also object-oriented programming. Since C++ supports procedural programming just like C, why canít C++ be used to develop operating system. I really canít understand.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

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    YOu could in theory create an operating system in any language once you have the lowest level compoents written in assembly language. Windows was written in c and assembler, some new componants would seam to have been written using c++ such as those exposing COM interfaces like explorer.

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    Cause C++ sucks duh. All the l33t programmers make OS's in VB.
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    Nana C++ Library is a GUI framework that designed to be C++ style, cross-platform and easy-to-use.

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    It's a "chicken and egg" thing.

    If you want to write an OS for the PC today, you can use any language of your choice. No matter what language you choose, you would likely need to use some assembly (or machine) language also.

    If you wanted to create an operating system for some brand-new microprocessor with a brand-new machine language instruction set, you would start by writing a cross-compiler... A compiler that runs on your PC, but generates machine-code that runs on the new target system. Again, you could you any language. It just has to spit-out machine-code for the target machine. (You might have to burn that code into a flash-chip if the target machine doesn't have a BIOS.)

    Unix existed before C. It was first written in assembly. I believe the first C compiler was written in assembly too. That means they had to write an assembler first (in machine language, I assume)! But, both C and unix evolved together. Dennis Ritchie (and probably others) worked on both projects at Bell Labs.

    Linux was the other way 'round. Linus used the already-existing GCC compiler to create Linux.
    Last edited by DougDbug; 05-26-2005 at 04:19 PM.

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    And since a C compiler is far easier to write than a C++ compiler, that's one of the reasons why C++ isn't used to develop the core of an OS.
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