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  10 Reasons We Need Java 3.0
Subject:   Given your subject, I was afraid to read your message...
Date:   2002-08-06 07:19:01
From:   ewatkeys
Response to: Include some of the good parts of C++

But I think const-ness is a very good idea. C++, it can be a real pain to properly implement proper const-ness on an object. Determining what methods change state and what ones don't can take a lot of time. That's my only problem with seeing this feature in Java.


Just like access control, const-ness is one of those nice-to-have features that raises the hurdles to getting a class ready for prime time. A "proper" C++ class is a pain to build. Overloading assignment operators, default constructors, copy constructors, destructors. It makes you not want to create a new class.


A nice part of Java is that you don't need to be a language lawyer to write code that works as a class is expected to.

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  • Everything is const
    2002-08-28 14:17:18  bjsyd70 [View]

    Well not quite everything, but most things.

    Const is not worthwhile - the vast majority of variable I use are const.

    Fully identifying this would be painful.

    I just worked on some C++ code which would not compile after a compiler/STL version change because of a great many things, including changing interpretations of const.

    Brendan