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Section 6:
[6.2] Is C++ a perfect language?


C++ wasn't designed to demonstrate what a perfect language looks like. It was designed to be a practical tool for solving real world problems. It has a few warts, as do all practical programming tools, but the only place where it's appropriate to keep fiddling with something until it's perfect is in a pure academic setting. That wasn't C++'s goal.