Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2012 18:44 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Linux "I was in a coffee shop in Portland, Oregon and happened to spot Linus Torvalds sitting alone at a window table. I asked the creator of the Linux operating system and the Git source code control system if I could join him. Over the next fifteen minutes we talked about programming and programmers." Editor's Note: We've realized it's unclear whether this is a satirical interview or not. We don't know, so YMMV.
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RE[7]: What is the point...
by galvanash on Fri 28th Sep 2012 04:08 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: What is the point..."
galvanash
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2006-01-25

Do you like comments like this one:

http://harmful.cat-v.org/software/c++/linus ?

He blames C++ because he thinks it is horrible, no providing any technical detail.


Did you actually read what he was responding to?


> When I first looked at Git source code two things
> struck me as odd:
> 1. Pure C as opposed to C++. No idea why. Please
> don't talk about portability, it's BS.


Are you saying that is real question? That is a troll if I ever saw one... I think he was just responding in kind.

I get that some people love C++ and think Linus' pathological hatred for it are unfathomable - well it goes both ways. Some people just love C and think that those of us who use C++ are slightly brain damaged... I'm not saying I agree with that attitude by the way - just pointing out that when a long time C developer hears "why didn't you do that in C++" for the 5000th time they have a tendency to snap.

Civility is not always the appropriate response. If you believe something strongly enough, and have heard the counter arguments so often that you know them by heart and still are convinced you are right, what exactly is the point of having a civil debate over it? You already know how it will end...

Sometimes "f*ck off" is the right way to handle it.

Disclaimer: I actually think C++ is a perfectly fine language and don't agree with everything Linus says about it. But he does make some good points on why it isn't appropriate for kernel work. More importantly though, I appreciate the fact that he speaks his mind and doesn't cave to herd mentality - because I think herd mentality is way more dangerous than C ever was. There is something to be said for people who are willing to say what they think even when they know it won't be popular...

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