An unfortunate manager just called C “a seriously vintage language” on our internal message board and he is getting roasted.

@ejk ...not wrong, though? I mean there are languages that are "more vintage" than C but you can't even get the clay tablets anymore.

@jsiehler @ejk Hammers have been around for tens of thousands of years, if not hundreds of thousands of years. Yet there are still in use. And will likely remain so for the foreseeable future.

Just because something is old, doesn't mean it's outdated.

@attilakinali "Just because something is old, doesn't mean it's outdated" -- my continued employment depends very heavily on this principle.

@publius I'm pretty sure this is exactly how a lot of people here (including the majority of students and administrators) view the mathematics faculty – except with slide rules instead of computers.

@attilakinali @jsiehler @ejk I would even argue that the longer something is around, the more useful it must be. Otherwise it would have vanished.

@jsiehler @ejk Sorry to pop up from nowhere. But there is a joke whose punchline (from which the rest of the joke is computable) is "Greetings, Mr Johnston! Welcome to the year 9999! We have revived you just in time! We gather you have some COBOL experience.".

@ejk It is somewhat vintage, but that doesn't make it or its recent additions bad. :-)

@gudenau this is generally the consensus. The turmoil happened when it was suggest that C wasn’t useful and Reference Guide was threatened with a shredder.

@ejk I have known people that say C is bad just because it's old and the newest programming language is automatically the best.


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@ejk I miss it after going from freebsd kernel stuff at my old job to java stacks at my new one

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