[TUHS] Comments on "C"

Random832 random832 at fastmail.com
Sat Sep 3 00:13:14 AEST 2016


On Fri, Sep 2, 2016, at 03:10, Steve Simon wrote:
> I find this a very interesting conversation.
> 
> my bugbear is languages and tools that help you do the the easy stuff,
> IDEs that suggest arguments for the read() function, syntax
> highlighting that show which text comments etc.
> 
> this is not stuff I find hard, it helps me with the easy stuff!

Sure, but help with the easy [and medium - not every function's
signature is as simple as read()] stuff helps you not break your
concentration to go look at documentation if you're not 100% sure you
remember the signature correctly, so you can use your brain more
efficiently for the hard stuff.

I use a Java IDE that will, with a single command, generate a
declaration corresponding to the type of an expression I just assigned
to an undeclared variable. This saves typing [in the easy cases] and it
saves thinking about return types [in the medium cases].


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