"As usual, DLW has said it all, and eloquently, and perfectly.
C is not an advance or an idea, it is simply the Unix allergen to
which all now have to adapt or die. C, like Unix (I've been teaching
elementary C programming to someone this week, and these issues
are clearer than ever) was designed as a retreat, "not to have"
the "hairy things" that made PL/I hard to implement and hard to understand.
Not 10 minutes after I told my friend not to talk about "printf
statements" did he forget to put an & in front of an input variable
in the "scanf statement" because C was optimized for the benefit
of the compiler writer and the computer, not its victims. That
is -always- the wrong thing."
-- Bernard S. Greenberg
One of the joys have of having started programming before the monoculture of the PC was the diversity of computers and languages that I have had an opportunity to work with in my career. Here are the ones I remember.
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