If C is so evil why is it so successful?

Leif Johansson leifj at mnt.se
Wed Apr 12 07:04:47 CDT 2017

On 2017-04-12 12:11, Tor Arntsen via cctalk wrote:
>> C is like sports cars: A lot of people want them, some can afford them
>> but very few can actually drive them.
> I completely disagree. That is just a made-up comparision. E.g.: C
> compilers are for the most part free (as in 'gratis') these days. And
> there a probably more competent C programmers around than
> competent-whatever-else. Many incompetent ones, sure, but that's just
> because of sheer numbers. And it's much easier to be incompetent in
> C++ or what have you.
> In other words: C is not like sports cars at all. At least not for the
> reasons listed.

I regularly hire coders and from where I sit, finding experienced C
coders is like finding a pot of gold.

Also I didn't mean "a sports car" as in "expensive" but "rare, powerful
and very cool". I still wouldn't trust most people to drive one.

	Cheers Leif

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