[TUHS] v7 K&R C

joe mcguckin joe at via.net
Tue May 12 05:57:01 AEST 2020

Maybe it’s time for C++ subset ‘G'

Joe McGuckin
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> On May 11, 2020, at 12:12 PM, Paul Winalski <paul.winalski at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 5/11/20, Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:
>> C++ is an example in my mind of not listening to Dennis' words:
>>   - “C is quirky, flawed, and an enormous success.”
> Ditto Fortran.
>>   - “When I read commentary about suggestions for where C should go, I
>>   often think back and give thanks that it wasn't developed under the
>> advice
>>   of a worldwide crowd.”
> The old saying of an elephant being a mouse designed by committee comes to mind.
> Language standards committees tend to be like a pack of dogs
> contemplating a tree.  Each dog isn't satisfied with the tree until
> he's peed on it.
>>   - “A language that doesn't have everything is actually easier to program
>>   in than some that do”
> Big, comprehensive languages such as PL/I, Ada, and C++ tend to have
> more of their share of toxic language features--things that shouldn't
> be used if you want reliable, easily maintained and understood code.
> Ada failed for two reasons:  [1] it had cooties because of its
> military origins, and [2] it collapsed under the weight of all of its
> features.
> -Paul W.

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