Wed Apr 28 17:22:40 NZST 2004
On 28/04/2004, at 3:24 PM, Orion Edwards wrote:
>> 1. Is C still a viable language to learn to write programs for PC/MAC
>> Ideally in Win MacOSX (cocoa looks nice) and Linux or should I be
>> looking at C# / Mono / QT / ??
> There's 2 programming languages you need to learn. C++ (Treating C as
> a subset
> of C++ here), and everything else.
> No, do not just learn C, as a lot of 'next gen' languages are Object
> If you only learn C, you won't learn about that, and be in for some
> strife if
> you do try and learn C#/Java/etc. Find a good C++ course, and get
> stuck into
I happen to disagree with that, for two reasons:
1) Object oriented programming is hugely overrated.
2) What C++/Java/C# etc compilers are there for microcontrollers?
Having said that, I have to admit C is not a good teaching language as
it allows the programmer to program very badly. Other languages impose
constraints which force good programming practices, and for learning to
program, they are to be preferred.
But, as you say, you aim is to program microcontrollers effectively and
efficiently. There is only one language (other than various assembly
languages) you need to learn, and that is C. So ignore the computer
scientists, who do not know what they are talking about - they have
never programmed microcontrollers - and learn C.
I think the best book is Kernighan and Ritchie. They wrote C and in
their book they explain the justifications for why C is the way it is.
Furthermore they write good C. The main problem is, the book is too
expensive and I understand that they are not updating it for C99 (mind
you, the second criticism may not be an issue for microcontroller
compilers, since due to low sales, are not going to be in a hurry to
update their compilers to the new standard).
Having written the above I now see that your history was writing for
microcontrollers and now you want to program PCs. Doh. Can't be
stuffed rewriting this now....
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