(posted 7200 days ago)
The get function has only one possible argument type, char, because it is meant for reading unformatted data one character at a time. Of course, it is possible to write a function that reads arbitrary types in the same way, but you'd have to do that yourself. You could even call it "get"; so long as it has a different argument list, the compiler can tell it from the one in the library that takes a char.
As for my next book, it is going to be sort of a "technical memoir". It's about my 30 years in programming and how I would have done some of the projects I've worked on if I'd had C++ available. For more recent projects, it will discuss how I would have done them if I'd known C++ better.
Unfortunately, that may be my last book. Editorial interference isn't the problem, though. The difficulty is that I can't get my publisher to promote my books, so they don't sell enough copies for me to make a living. They have a unique product that gets raves from customers, but they won't spend any money to tell other potential customers about it. This is very frustrating, as you can easily imagine.
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