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C is a bit like Latin these days. We no longer write everything in it, but knowing it affords deeper knowledge of more-recent languages.

Norman Wilson # 8th October 2017, 4:03 pm

I think that what’s particularly hard with C is not the details about pointers, automatic memory management, and so forth, but the fact that C is at the same time so low level and so flexible. So basically if you want to create a large project in C you have to build a number of intermediate layers (otherwise the code will be a complete mess full of bugs and 10 times bigger than required). This continue design exercise of creating additional layers is the hard part about C. You have to get very good at understanding when to write a function or not, when to create a layer of abstraction, and when it’s worth to generalize or when it is an overkill.

Salvatore Sanfilippo # 18th December 2009, 3:50 pm

The compiler only pays attention to the semicolons and braces while ignoring the line breaks and indentation, but humans usually only pay attention to the line breaks and indentation while ignoring the semicolons and braces. This gives the code the opportunity to lie about what it’s really doing. Consequently we need to take extra care when writing in C, Java, C++, C# etc.

Elliotte Rusty Harold # 2nd January 2009, 10:26 am