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: It's all about design
by saso on Fri 11th Jan 2013 16:49 UTC in reply to "It's all about design"
saso
Member since:
2007-04-18

C vs C++, C vs C#, C vs Java, C vs OO, etc is an old debate that is slowly dying as a newer generation of programmers is replacing the old guard. And funnily enough, the quality of software has massively improved over the years.

And yet, C is the most popular language and has been on the rise for a few years (even displaced Java as the most popular language a few years back):
http://www.tiobe.com/content/paperinfo/tpci/index.html

So, what gives?

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RE[2]: It's all about design
by gpsnoopy on Fri 11th Jan 2013 17:42 in reply to "RE: It's all about design"
gpsnoopy Member since:
2007-04-17

Demand for C has increased a few years ago due to the need for developers in the embedded market.

Otherwise I would take this link with a pinch of salt: Visual Basic 6 is almost more popular than C# and on its way to surpass it.

I think that a more interesting metric would be the languages used daily on our computers and on large applications.

Edited 2013-01-11 17:42 UTC

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RE[3]: It's all about design
by saso on Fri 11th Jan 2013 18:13 in reply to "RE[2]: It's all about design"
saso Member since:
2007-04-18

Demand for C has increased a few years ago due to the need for developers in the embedded market.

Otherwise I would take this link with a pinch of salt: Visual Basic 6 is almost more popular than C# and on its way to surpass it.

So what you are saying is that C isn't a good fit for *your* problem domain. No problem there, there's no silver bullet as languages go, and everybody picks their favorite language also according to personal taste.

I think that a more interesting metric would be the languages used daily on our computers and on large applications.

If you are allowed to formulate arbitrary questions, you can get arbitrary answers. That doesn't mean that they apply in the real world, though.
As for me, personally, I don't care if C is the least or most used computer language in the world. I still use the right tool for the job, be it C or something else.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Visual Basic 6 just won't die. Trust me I wish it would.

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