Computer Languages Form an Ecosystem


(This is a copy of an article I posted on slashdot on March 15th, in response to a discussion titled C Alive and Well Thanks to Portable.NET. Many posters argued that the C language is dead. I add my response here, because one month after its original slashdot submission, I am still getting web site hits from it.)

Judging from some previous comments, I see that some fail to grasp that modern computer languages form a large ecosystem. Each language has its purpose, and one can not easily dismiss a language as dead, just because some other, ostensibly more powerful, language has appeared on the block. Monkeys, whales, cockroaches, ants, and plants continue to coexist with humans.

When I want to solve a program I choose the language I will use, taking into account the abstractions and facilities it offers.

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