C vrs OOP

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    Sorry, I knew that C has portability over ASM, but even if there was an assembly type language, with universal opcodes such as JMP and CMP, and some sort of portable memory model, etc., I'd say that C would be a large step up over the "OPERATOR operand, operand" format, despite the fact that anything implementable in C would be implementable in said language.

    I do remember there being a portable ASM, called Linoleum, but I have yet to examine it.
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    Sure, I'll write code in C unless it's impossible (such as context switch code or using instructions that can't be generated by the compiler for some reason - e.g. VMRUN instruction for Xen in "entry.S" - which was the last time I did some major assembler work).

    But it still doesn't mean that assembler isn't a language.

    The whole idea of a higher level language is of course that you can express things in a more abstrac way: a = (b + c) * (d - e) is much easier way than doing the same in assembly code, for sure. I'm not arguing against that. And in some languages, that may also mean that you take a bunch of arrays and do the corresponding math on it.

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    C is not just high level assembly. C introduces some high-level concepts foreign to assembly such as scope and structured control flow. I believe we just take it for granted because this stuff was all 'invented' over 20 years ago (computing antiquity!).
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    The following paper gives, IMO, a pretty good glimpse at how different 'thinking in C' is from how people were thinking beforehand.
    http://pplab.snu.ac.kr/courses/adv_p...p261-knuth.pdf
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    It was not my intention to say "C is a giant Macro Assembler", but rather to say that anything that translates from human readable "language" into machine code IS a language.

    Language constructs such as "struct", "union", "while", "for", "do - while" and "switch" are very useful to describe what you want done in an easy to understand way (to other readers - or oneself later on). Of course, if all of those keywords are necessary to qualify asa language, then none of Cobol, Fortran or Lisp would qualify as "languages" (in it their traditional shape - more recent versions may even support "Object Orientation" - although I, too, agree that object orientation and languages are two separate subject, although some languages are better at implicitly supporting object orientation than others) .

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    I don't want to spoil the thread or anything, but shouldn't it be "Revolutionary" and not "Revolutional"? I don't think "Revolutional" is even a word.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BMJ View Post
    It never ceases to amaze me how ostentatious nerds can be about mundane things.
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    I can't believe we are arguing about C and C++. And, no, revolutional is not a word.

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    It's not C over C++ now. I think it's OOP over non-OOP... but then and again I may be wrong. Maxorator entertains me so much I forget to listen.
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    I lika de OOP.

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    OOP is MUCH more than simply syntax. The C++ version:

    Code:
    object->do_it();
    And the C version:

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    do_it(object);
    Can BOTH be viewed as "object oriented." C++ just uses a different syntax which makes it more apparent that the object is the important concept. C focuses on the function, not the object.

    Pointing to the method call syntax as the most salient difference between C and C++ misses the point entirely.

    The real advantage of C++ is the ability to easily derive from classes to create new classes. You can do this in C, but you have to do it manually. Also, you can easily implement polymorphic classes using virtual functions. Again, in C you can do it, but you have to do it manually. Further, C++ supports templates, which in MY opinion are the most valuable piece of the entire language.

    Templates, inheritance, polymorphism, and exceptions work together to give you a language that simply WORKS DIFFERENTLY that C. It encourages a different way of thinking about the problems.

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    *erased*

    brewbuck said it well enough. :-)

    It encourages a different way of thinking about the problems.
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    Object oriented programming (don't know why people here are capitalizing it the way the Bible capitalizes The Lord) is wonderful if all you've been exposed to beforehand is C or Pascal.
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    Object oriented programming (don't know why people here are capitalizing it the way the Bible capitalizes The Lord) is wonderful if all you've been exposed to beforehand is C or Pascal.
    OOP isn't any different in concept based on your exposure to languages, and your connection of an acronym to religion is absurd...

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