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I understand that this would not be constructive to those looking for a specific answer. However, I would like to get some feedback about other's experiences going (back in my case) to C++ from Java or some other managed language.

Of course I would like to post it in the appropriate location. Is there such a location within SO/SE?

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So rather than converting code (which you title seems to hint at), you want to ask about how a Java programmer can more easily pick up C++ (again)? – Bart Jul 14 '12 at 9:32
There are already a few similar questions on programmers. – assylias Jul 14 '12 at 9:46
FYI, automated conversion from one programming language to another is called transcompiling. – Anderson Green Aug 8 '12 at 18:11

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any place in the SE network for such an open ended questions.

SE focuses on specific questions that can be answered, and a question like that sounds more like a poll asking users for shared experiences, or something that promotes discussion.

Your best bet would be to ask in one of the SE chat rooms. There are rooms for specific languages, so try asking in the C++ or the Java chat room.

I'm fairly sure a question like this would get closed pretty quickly on Programmers.

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Rachel is right, it is a bit of a stretch to say this question is a good fit for the Stack Exchange system at all in its current state. First, refine your question a bit, look for something that is specific and answerable, and then, and only then, I would ask that question on Programmers. Stack Overflow is about specific programming problems, while yours less about code and more about coding, a better fit for Programmers.

This question is a good guide for what you should end up with. See how it differs from your in that it asks

I want to point out the most important "gotchas" and C++ features when migrating from Java to C++.

rather than your question

I would like to get some feedback about other's experiences going to C++ from Java

See the difference? Hint: the word "feedback" is killing you.

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There's a reason why this question has lasted 12 hours with no-one saying that... everyone's afraid of Yannis :-) – ben is uǝq backwards Jul 14 '12 at 21:16
The whole time I was typing this, I was scared somebody would jump out of my monitor and scream at me for dumping questions unfit for SO onto Programmers... – gobernador Jul 14 '12 at 21:31
I'm not going to downvote you, however I'm fairly sure such a question would get closed quickly on Programmers. They abide by the same SE question guidelines, although their focus is on conceptual software development instead of actual code. – Rachel Jul 17 '12 at 14:59
You're right. I edited to fix that. Recommending somebody ask on Programmers is always such dangerous territory. – gobernador Jul 17 '12 at 15:32

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