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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2007 14:58:26 -0500
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Randall,    (01)

I strongly agree with your characterization:    (02)

> There is virtually nothing in common between FORTRAN and C. As to 
> your "jaundiced view," little could be further from the truth. C is a 
> challenging language to program in owing to its very low-level 
> formalisms, its deliberate refusal to abstract away many of the 
> characteristics of the hardware targeted by its code generator and its 
> silent acceptance of many programs that are non-portable and / or 
> flatly incorrect.    (03)

Yes, indeed.  The goals for Ada were to design a language that would
reduce or eliminate such problems.    (04)

> The "jaundiced" characterization of C is that it's a portable assembly 
> language.    (05)

A related comment was "assembly language with semicolons".    (06)

John    (07)

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