Programming language failings [was Re: strangest systems I've sent email from]

Diane Bruce db at
Fri Apr 29 15:31:41 CDT 2016

On Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 02:23:55PM -0600, Eric Smith wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 12:59 PM, Ian S. King <isking at> wrote:
> > C is a lot like that saw - it doesn't have a lot of guards on it, and you
> > can do stupid things.
> The problem is that C doesn't just allow you to do stupid things, it's
> actively encouraged. C doesn't just let you aim at your foot, it
> defaults to aiming at your foot.
> C is not bad as a fairly portable assembly language, but it is NOT a
> high-level language.

Yes it is known as a high level assembler.

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