Advogato: A Thread on the C Programming Language
Jan 19, 2001, 01:21 (16 Talkback[s])
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"I recently took a job in which the primary language of the
development group is C++. This has not been a terribly happy thing
for me because while I can code and read C++ decently enough, I do
not like the language very much. C++ has a lot of good ideas
underlying it, but it's just terribly implemented. The syntax is
god-awful, the rules for inheritance of code and data members are
convoluted as hell, and the compiler does things behind your back
that can easily cause fits for even an experienced programmer."
"I much prefer C. As someone said in a discussion post on
Kuro5hin said, "If you must use the wrong language for the job, I'd
rather see you use C than C++. It's true that C gives you enough
rope to hang yourself. But so does C++, and it also comes with a
premade gallows and a book on knot tying." That said, though, C
ain't perfect either..."
"Another thing that catalyzed my thinking about the faults of
various programming languages is that I've been reading Writing
Compilers and Interpreters (second ed): An Applied Approach using
C++. I've been trying to come up with a simplified C-esque language
I could write a compiler and/or interpreter for that would attempt
to eliminate some of the more glaring flaws of C."