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

David Arnold davida at pobox.com
Fri Sep 1 10:57:36 AEST 2017


Like C++?  Or D?



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> On 1 Sep 2017, at 07:46, Larry McVoy <lm at mcvoy.com> wrote:
> 
> 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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