This section briefly introduces some concepts important to Sather that the reader may not have been exposed to in C++. It isn't meant as a complete language tutorial. More information of a tutorial nature is available from the WWW page:
 S. Burson, "The Nightmare of C++", Advanced Systems November 1994, pp. 57-62. Excerpted from The UNIX-Hater's Handbook, IDG Books, San Mateo, CA, 1994.
At the time of this writing, the only compiler implementing the Sather language specification which is actively maintained is available from GNU. It is freely available, includes source for class libraries and the compiler, and compiles into ANSI C. This compiler has been ported to a wide range of UNIX and PC operating systems.