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Re: C++ equivalent to spaghetti code

From: James Kanze
Subject: Re: C++ equivalent to spaghetti code
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2008 13:05:07 -0700 (PDT)
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On Jul 20, 1:51 pm, Richard Heathfield <r...@see.sig.invalid> wrote:
> James Kanze said:

> <snip>

> > C was never really a good general purpose language.  It was
> > never used (nor even usable) in commercial software, for
> > example.

> So MS Windows is not commercial software? Interesting.

Yes.  Commercial can be used in several senses (and I'm not sure
of the usual English usage here).  There's a lot of software
written in C that is commercial in the sense that it is sold
(i.e. commercial as opposed to free software).  What I was
talking about, however, was the application domain.  You can't
really do accounting in C, for example, because it has neither a
built in decimal type (like Cobol), nor operator overloading on
user defined types (like C++).  More generally, C is pretty bad
for text handling as well.

Of course, a lot of early Unix systems only had C, and between C
and assembler, you used C, even if it wasn't the ideal language
for the job.  (Although the old X/Open group did try to
standardize a Cobol dialect for Unix.)

James Kanze (GABI Software)   
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