The cost of forsaking C
Ozan Onay

I haven’t written C or C++ in about 6 years, by choice, but I spent 20 years before that doing so, and I agree with the basic premise: learning C, not necessarily as a first language but as an early language, is a useful way to grok all the lower-level-of-abstraction concepts that our higher-level languages of choice depend upon. I don’t think it’s the only way, but unlike some past “teaching languages”, like Pascal, it has the added benefit of being a practical career skill.

In particular, I’m disturbed by the number of coders hitting the job market mainly knowing only JavaScript. JavaScript is not the very devil (although I used to think so), but if JavaScript is all you know, your scope is extremely limited.

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