|Re: Possible to write compiler to Java VM? email@example.com (1996-01-29)|
|Re: Possible to write compiler to Java VM? firstname.lastname@example.org (1996-02-12)|
|Re: Maintaining old code email@example.com (1996-02-13)|
|From:||firstname.lastname@example.org (Gene Wirchenko)|
|Date:||13 Feb 1996 19:23:37 -0500|
|Organization:||MIND LINK! - British Columbia, Canada|
email@example.com (Gary McKee) wrote:
[snipped previous posters' comments]
>Your comment certainly substantiates my (implied) assertion about the
>maintainability of C language code. I agree that gcc and etc. are
>valuable and popular but this has little to do with how maintainable
>Incidentally, I saw similar comments and code obfuscations when
>maintaining Fortran IV code 20 years ago. It is depressing that the
>FSF sponsored code products haven't been designed, implemented, and
>maintained at a higher level of professionalism than what was common
FSF does not define the C language. They can only implement it.
I'll grant that C has some elements that are well short of optimum,
but try writing a C compiler without them.
>What's that latin phrase about "the more things change, the more they
>seem the same" ?
That's "stay" not "seem" AFAIK.
Software systems are much more complex these days. We are
pushing the envelope continually. That stays the same. Come up with
a paradigm and sooner or later, someone will try to go past it.
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