After much discussion, and following the MIDAS workshop at TRIUMF, we made the decision to use C++11 in MIDAS.
There are many benefits, and only one drawback - no c++11 compilers in the default OS install on older computers (i.e.
RHEL/SL/CentOS before el7). (the same applies to our use of cmake).
Specifically for el6, the solution is to use c++11 compatible gcc-8 from devtoolset-8, see
The c++11 features we most welcome - initialization of class members at declaration time (no more forgetting to add initialization to
each and every constructor), c++ threads and mutexes, lambdas and "auto".