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Advogato: A Thread on the C Programming Language

Jan 19, 2001, 01:21 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ben Cantrick)

"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."

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