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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Use the right tool for the job
by massysett on Fri 11th Jan 2013 15:18 UTC
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I can never understand posts like this. I doubt carpenters sit around and argue about whether screwdrivers or hammers are better. I'm a writer and I don't argue about whether pens are better than pencils. In the kitchen I don't argue about whether knives are better than scissors, or whether a spoon is better than a fork.

Use the right tool for the job. OK, so maybe for your jobs C is often a better tool than Java. That doesn't mean "C is better" or "C is more effective." For my jobs Haskell is a better tool than C. That doesn't mean "C has broken my heart" or "C focuses on the wrong things." Goodness, we can have different tools that do different things; just because a tool isn't suited to a task--or to the tasks you do most often--doesn't mean that tool sucks.

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