If C is so evil why is it so successful?

Alfred M. Szmidt ams at gnu.org
Thu Apr 13 01:48:26 CDT 2017

   It was thus said that the Great Alfred M. Szmidt via cctalk once stated:
   >        > From: Alfred M. Szmidt
   >        > No even the following program:
   >        >   int main (void) { return 0; }
   >        > is guaranteed to work
   >    I'm missing something: why not?
   > It boils down to pedantism.  The encoding of the above is ASCII, and
   > the encoding type of a C program is implementation defined.  

     Name *ONE* computer langauge where this *ISN'T* the case.  Until then,
   I'll consider this a completely bogus claim.  Meanwhile, is *this* better?

The input alphabet is implementation defined, if you want portable you
cannot depend on implementation defined behaviour.  But you clearly
haven't bothered reading the C standard, so you probobly should do
that now.

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