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Re: C/C++ (was Re: mailbox (was Re: intro))

From: Nic Ferrier
Subject: Re: C/C++ (was Re: mailbox (was Re: intro))
Date: 13 Mar 2002 21:08:38 +0000

"Alain Magloire" <address@hidden> writes:
> Alright then, lets view it another way:  I think we all agree 
> on the need to have a clear lower level API to talk to the 
> underlying mailbox formats. 
> Now comes the framework, that API to talk transparently to all of them, 
> in C it is cumbersome and the language gets in the way, for example 
> message_set_header() or mailbox_set_xxx this, mailbox_get_xx that 
> there is no real inheritance, so we have end up with a bunch 
> of _set/get_ calls, it can get messy especially when something 
> wrong happen, in the lowest level(This is were sometimes, I crave 
> for a good C++ throw 8). 

On the other hand the reason one uses C is that it is the lowest
common denonminator and a lingua franca.

That's why the GNU project encourages people to use it, in preference
to other languages.

I don't believe that mailutils will achieve widespread success if it's
a C++ library.

But that's just my view.


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