Braun Brelin wrote:
> Saying that languages are pretty much the same and that they're roughly
> interchangeable is like saying that all firearms are the same and that a
> 18th century matchlock is as efficient as a 9mm semi-automatic pistol.
I don't believe I said that...
Perhaps I should rephrase.
In terms of a starting point, for a newbie.... I'm afraid I'll disagree
with the view that any non-specialist language is the *right* language...
I can't think of any language that a good programmer couldn't or
shouldn't be able to accomplish real world programming challenges in...
In fact I'd almost go the complete opposite direction and say that C/C++
is a *better* way to go, since... how can you reasonably claim to be a
Computer Scientist, if you don't understand that Computers are finite...
resources are finite... and sometimes if all you need is the space to
hold 16 bits... it doesn't make sense to just go allocate space for 64
anyway... since... as people seem fond of saying "these days machines
have so much ram and are so fast that you don't have to worry about
Which might go a long way to explaining why, despite despite the huge
advances in computer hardware over the last 20 years... programs seem to
have bloated exponentially, to fill *any* performance gain you'd hoped
to have seen, with that new machine that has triple the ram of the old
machine... and in 2 years time will run just as slow as the one you're
using today !
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