A colleague of mine was reading a C++ book and pointed out this quote to
me. My apologies if it's been mentioned here before:
Compilers are supposed to translate C++ into an
executable format, not act as your personal safety
net. You want that kind of safety? Program in Ada.
-- Scott Meyers, Effective C++, Second Edition: 50 Specific
Ways to Improve Your Programs and Designs. Addison Wesley,
1998, p. 224
My colleague's best guess is that this genuinely WAS meant as a compliment
to Ada, i.e., that despite the author's description of what a compiler is
"supposed to" do, he really does value the safety net that strong
compile-time checks provide.
-- Norman Cohen