[TUHS] ratfor vibe

Ralph Corderoy ralph at inputplus.co.uk
Fri Feb 11 01:18:49 AEST 2022

Hi Arnold,

> > I agree the original Software Tools is a must read, but having done
> > so, why would I suffer working through the hurdles put in place by
> > Pascal compared to Ratfor?  I never bothered so your recommendation
> > makes me wonder what I missed.  I did read Kernighan's ‘not my
> > favourite’ and took from that I wouldn't enjoy the Pascal book given
> > I'd read the original.
> As others mentioned, recursion and real data structures make code
> easier to read. They also refined the text some.
> But in general, I think the principle of "ANYTHING written by Brian
> Kernighan is worth reading, at least once" applies, even in this case.

Well, that's true.  I've read every other technical book of his apart
from the ‘AMPL: A Modeling Language for Mathematical Programming’.

It was the quality of his writing which meant I could learn C and Unix
at home well enough to get a C programming job on Sun OS on leaving
school, which is sixteen over here.  Within a year or so, work sent me
to Sydney as part of shipping the flight simulator to Qantas.  Good
books have immeasurable worth across all their readers.

Thanks, it's ordered, arriving Valentine's Day, which will impress
SWMBO.  :-)

Cheers, Ralph.

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