geek+ at andrew.cmu.edu
Mon Aug 5 19:43:17 CEST 2002
Then <siegfried.gonzi at kfunigraz.ac.at> spoke up and said:
> I did not follow the comments in the following but the post surprised me
> that one finds C more easily to grasp than Python, especially when he is
> a novice in programming.
C is extremely easy to program in... as long as you can limit yourself
to "normal" C datatypes. C starts getting fugly when you try to use
3rd party libraries, each of which has a different convention for The
One True Way to use some kind of extension type. Dictionaries are
non-trivial to do. Even something as simple as a list gets
complicated pretty quick (singly linked? doubly linked? accessor
functions? macros?). The whole point of higher level languages
(which C is definitely NOT) is that you can think about advanced data
type rather than about the primitives underneath them.
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