[Scottish] Computing Power debate

scottish@mailman.lug.org.uk scottish at mailman.lug.org.uk
Tue Oct 1 09:19:01 2002

aidan wrote:

> Three things:
> 1. C is /still/ the most used programming language, for god only knows
> what reason, and you don't get muhch lower level than semi-portable
> asm.

>From what I can see here C++ seems unduly popular for writing GUI apps. 
Leaving aside the issues related to that particular language, the 
development environments for OO systems can lead to a lot of redundancy 
in the package. Particularly when using standard widget sets. ISR Donald 
Knuth had a lot to say on the subject a few years ago.

On the other hand, I agree that there are a lot of issues with the 
quality of coding these days - is IT too accessible? 

If I were really cynical I could point out that it ties the user into 
hardware-OS-application upgrade spirals. But I'm not. So I won't.