If you ask me, the dark ages you are referring to have come and gone. MSVC has full-fledged support for C++ these days, and support for C++0x is forthcoming.
Using C is like being stuck in the past, so MSVC has everything it needs. If one needs to use C99, there are other compilers and IDEs such as GCC and Code::Blocks.
So long as you are aware of the risks...Elysia: I would only use this for global scope. This is to sort out all of the hard-coded data structures that my program (a script interpreter) would use.
I guess that's why they made C++!My original point was to underline that while I think that C is an amazing language, there does seem to be a few easily-fixable flaws in its rules. Still, I guess that's what they made Java for, right?
That would be natural, since it's an evolution directly from C that fixes these "flaws" while still "remaining" C