This might register low on the useful information index, but I decided a few years back as
VC Coraid was coming apart and New Coraid was being resurrected under the auspices of
SouthSuite Inc., that I would have a C mono-culture and use the language for everything.
Our website is written in C. Webpages generated on the server side using C. Our evolving
ERP is written in C. Our subscription system is written in C. Our test systems are written
in it. All work quite well.
The focus on C was for three main reasons. First, our products are infrastructure products
and are meant to be simple, fast, and affordable. Forty-two years of experience plus C
gives us the ability to squeeze all the performance possible from any hardware platform.
We "see" the instructions our code will generate. C is a great choice for that.
(As would have been Oberon, but that's another discussion.)
Second, if instead of having a set of complex languages, each with its own adherents,
using a single language removes all the distracting and divisive language wars having
multiple complex languages create. Little language like AWK and the shell script are fine.
It's the more complex ones that divide people.
Lastly, a single, powerful, simple (on the other side of complexity) language that a
single person can maintain is essential to our Software Atelier model of doing business.
Like the workshops of the renaissance, we have to understand and work on all our own
tools. I use Ken's C compiler under Plan 9. It weights in at a light, 20K lines of
As I said, I'm not sure how useful this data point is for you. Over the last thirty
years I carefully chose my foot falls through the software swamp to avoid getting sucked
under by one of the quagmires of complexity.
On Jun 7, 2020, at 5:22 AM, Andy Kosela
On 6/7/20, arnold(a)skeeve.com <arnold(a)skeeve.com> wrote:
Ed Carp <erc(a)pobox.com> wrote:
"Arnold once told that there is more demand
for C developers
in Israel. I envy you"
The market in Israel for software developers is VERY hot.
Based entirely on the emails I get from Linked-In about jobs that may
interest me, there's some C, but a lot more C++, both Windows and Linux.
Also a lot of Python.
Seriously, is anyone still doing any real development in C besides
kernel programming and embedded world?? Maybe I was living under a
rock, but I always had an impression that the industry moved to C++ in
the late 90s and stayed with it ever since.
The last bastion of C was open source Linux/*BSD programming but I
remember the time when C was a truly universal programming language
used for _everything_ including games (e.g. Doom). Maybe I just miss