[TUHS] Why Pascal is Not My Favorite Programming Language - Unearthed!

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Fri Sep 1 07:46:08 AEST 2017


On Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 04:37:17PM -0400, William Cheswick wrote:
> I look to the likes of go and rust to get us back on track.  C is a pretty good assembly language.

So what chaps my grumpy old hide is why the heck do a whole new language
when you have one that is pretty good?  Suppose we took C and added a
dialect via options:

	--no-ptrs	// use arrays and indices, you get bounds checking
	--strings	// system managed memory for strings, like tcl
	--perlisms	// if (buf =~ /re/) and unless (it_worked())

etc.  Why create an entirely new language, new syntax, new linkage, etc,
instead of fixing C's shortcomings?


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