Tue, 12. July 2011 – 13:44

CERN is now a member of the C++ standards committee:

The LHC experiments and CERN itself use and have created a C++ code base of an estimated 50 million lines of code. Tens years, thousands of developers. About 10,000 people using C++ connected at CERN: users and staff. Given those numbers it makes sense to have opinions on the language features, and to share these opinions with the body that defines the language - just like Fermilab does already.

This is quite an interesting development: given the massive use of the C++ language for the primary data analysis package within the realm of high-energy physics (ROOT), it only seems natural that quite some expert knowledge has been accumulated at CERN, thereby also creating a vested interest in the further development of the language itself.