History of C (Re: Why do you use a devil as a mascot?)

Gary Kline kline at thought.org
Sun Nov 14 23:04:57 UTC 2010

On Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 02:02:49PM -0800, Chip Camden wrote:
> Quoth Gary Kline on Sunday, 14 November 2010:
> > 
> > 
> > 	Just about the whole Murray Hill gang stopped by Cray 
> > 	(in Chippewa Falls), late 80's, and I remember asking Dennis
> > 	what the deal was with "C++"; I remember him dodging the
> > 	thing.  Whoever-invented-C++ did a convoluted job, i s my
> > 	opinion.  It might be nice to add classes to C, but that's
> > 	about it.
> > 
> The inventor of C++ is Bjarne Stroustrop.  I had the chance opportunity
> to sit down at a table with him and have a conversation prior to an SD
> West conference several years ago.  He's a nice guy, with a great sense
> of humor -- but even he admits "C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the
> foot; C++ makes it harder, but when you do it blows your whole leg off."
> http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Bjarne_Stroustrup

	I'm sure I had my share of disasters with C++ hacking test code
	, but OMG, the head banging was nothing compared to heavy C
	coding in the early days.   The number of segv's brings back
	evil memories:-)  That, and having to take a notebook and draw
	out where you were [or _thought_ you were] pointing to.
	--Things they can't teach very well in the classroom-- that sort
	of stuff.

	Great quote!

> > 
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