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October 09, 2007

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Reg Braithwaite

Great post, thank you!

chan kok leong

"Safety is good, but so is the possibility of danger. It keeps us thinking rigorously, and there's value in that."

that's a very good point. Nicely articulated.

she

In these times, a higher level language is needed.

C will still be at the core.

Steve Freeman

Pascal was a teaching language, never really intended for production, so it had lots of hand-holding. The Modula languages that it inspired were consistently better than the C equivalents at the time but, as Gabriel pointed out, they lost in the market. I don't have the reference, but I remember some research showing that it was cheaper to develop in Modula-2 than C because there were fewer mistakes. Great days. Sigh.

S.

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