Linked by MOS6510 on Thu 10th Jan 2013 23:25 UTC
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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RE[3]: Point by point
by moltonel on Fri 11th Jan 2013 12:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Point by point"
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"He's talking about very experienced programmers (which he is).
On my world such type of developers should have no problems understanding languages more complex than C. "

No. Not when there's a VM or an interpreter involved, not to the point of knowing what assembly (not just bytecode !) gets generated. Even with a language deeply rooted in C like C++, there are so many parts of it that keeping them all in your mind while you code casually is not possible.

Again, we're not talking about just understanding the language you code in, but understanding what will actually get executed on the CPU.

I know my chosen languages very well, better than I know C. But I still have a better understanding of what C does to my machine than I do with any other language.

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