Rick DeNatale wrote:
> This argument is giving me a flash back to a decade or two ago.
> 
> Bjarne Stroustrup used to use the same argument against Smalltalk,
> saying that he wouldn't want to fly in an airplane whose autopilot
> could throw a MessageNotFound exception.
> 
> I would counter argue saying that I'd rather fly on that plane than
> the one with the C++ autopilot which instead would branch to a random
> location because a dangling pointer caused a branch to a virtual
> function through a virtual function table which really wasn't a
> virtual function table anymore.

And there is the apocryphal story that when John Glenn buckled himself 
into the Mercury spacecraft, he turned to one of the aides and said, 
"Just remember ... every piece of equipment here was provided by the low 
bidder." :)