Over at comp.lang.c++.moderated, there is a thread created by the c++ guru Scott Meyers on the subject: "Why do you program in c++?".
In my experience, C++ is alive and well -- thriving, even. This surprises
many people. It is not uncommon for me to be asked, essentially, why
somebody would choose to program in C++ instead of in a simpler language
with more extensive "standard" library support, e.g., Java or C#.
It's a truly neutral question: given that there are many
languages to choose from, why do you choose to program in C++? I don't
care if the reaons are technical, political, social, or what, I'm just
I thought this might be interesting.