Newbie: The C / C++ Issue

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Wed Nov 12 15:30:41 PST 2003

> On Tue, 11 Nov 2003 21:06:51 -0500
> "Alex Kelly" <alexkelly at> wrote:
> > Thanks for all of the great suggestions to my previous question!
> > 
> > Yet, the responses have led me to another question. If C++ is newer
> > and more advanced than C, will it replace C?
> Unlikely.  Old languages die hard - it's a bit scary to think of all
> the systems out there that are still running programs written in
> FORTRAN, COBOL, Business BASIC, and MUMPS (and incidentally will
> continue to run those programs until it becomes cost-ineffective to do
> so - which is to say, probably indefinately.)

As several have mentioned, it depends on what you are doing.
For some things Fortran is still best.   Not everyone spends
all their time hacking OSen.   Some try to do actual work with 
their machine (not me, of coure.


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