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Chris Lattner rocks

Finally there's a C++ compiler that makes a reasonable attempt at emitting helpful error messages.

Bjarne Stroustrup may have sins to answer for, and Alexander Stepanov's design for the STL may not be ideal. But most of the flames they get should properly be directed at lazy, unhelpful compilers (g++ most of all) who compile correct programs correctly, but go into sorcerer's apprentice mode and/or throw rotten tomatoes at any programmer who makes any kind of minor error.

(Chris Lattner is the primary LLVM/Clang developer. He works for Apple.)