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General Development "For years I've tried my damnedest to get away from C. Too simple, too many details to manage, too old and crufty, too low level. I've had intense and torrid love affairs with Java, C++, and Erlang. I've built things I'm proud of with all of them, and yet each has broken my heart. They've made promises they couldn't keep, created cultures that focus on the wrong things, and made devastating tradeoffs that eventually make you suffer painfully. And I keep crawling back to C."
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C will not disappear any time soon
by rom508 on Fri 11th Jan 2013 11:54 UTC
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I am a system software developer and I have been using C for for about a decade now. The reason why I got into C was simple: Unix is developed in C and this is what you tend to use for Unix system software development.

Some people look down on C because it's old and uncool, but just because something is old does not mean it's crap. Many people avoid C because it's not an object oriented programming language, however I think you can use object oriented programming paradigm with C, as long as you are willing to fully understand how it works at the low level. With a bit of effort and discipline, I have been able to use plain C to achieve single inheritance, polymorphism and generics. It takes a bit longer to develop your code compared to Java or C++, but I would argue it makes you a better programmer when you understand the low level implementation.

So despite its age, C is a very flexible and powerful programming language, although I would prefer for Ada to be more ubiquitous.

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