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Developers are hailing an upcoming C++ language standard as the breakthrough that will let them link tools and class libraries from different vendors, thereby simplifying C++ development and broadening the talent pool of C++ programmers.
A draft of the C++ standard specification, issued this summer and already granted preliminary approval by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Europe-based International Standards Organization (ISO), specifies a universal set of features and language extensions for all versions of the C++ language. The ink is expected to dry on the final specification by late next year.
But development tool vendors such as …