Thu, 16 Apr 1998 17:16:45 -0700
On Thu, 16 Apr 1998, Mark Lundquist wrote:
> Another one that I've noticed is the truism that Ada is supposed to be
> good for programming in the large, or the humongous, or whatever.
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> This theme is repeated by Ada apologists and vendors in the same voice
> or with the same motivations as the "reliability" theme, and with the
> same effects.
Howabout this, with no apology.
C is a universal assembler. No argument there, I hope.
Consider the example of a little girl who puts on her
mother's dress, shoes, and make-up. At a distance she might even
resemble a grown-up. On closer inspection, you find she is still a
little girl. C++ is simply C dressed up on object-oriented clothes.
At a distance, viewed by someone who doesn't know any better, C++ does
look like a high-level language. When you get to know it well, it
becomes clear that it is still a universal assembler wearing OOP clothes
that do not quite fit.
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