Subject: Re: C++ briar patch (Was: Object IDs are bad)
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1997/05/18
Newsgroups: comp.lang.scheme,comp.lang.lisp,comp.lang.misc,comp.lang.functional,comp.lang.c++
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* cosc19z5@Bayou.UH.EDU
| Of course if there is something that I'm missing that makes this
| low level construct a necessity for a high level concept (OO) then
| I would appreciate it if you would enlighten me.

pointers are useful in many ways for many reasons, but the crucial question
is whether you should be able to do more than obtain and dereference them.
the view that the pointer is an arithmetic type is the culprit.

if we work harder, will obsolescence be farther ahead or closer?