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Comment Re:Country? [Re:As a C programmer] (Score 1) 307

For complicated products like photo-copier software, perhaps, but I'm thinking more of simpler gizmos, like the fan and toilet seat described earlier. That's where I see an increase computerization. The complicated things had chips for decades, but crock-pots, Barbies, etc. are getting them too now.

Comment Re:Country? [Re:As a C programmer] (Score 3, Informative) 307

No. Let me try to rephrase it.

The increase and/or popularity of C may be a result of embedded programmers working for manufacturing companies, who are mostly NOT in the USA or Europe. (At least manufacturing is not growing in here.)

Thus, if you live in the USA or Europe, you probably should NOT take these numbers (popularity) as a sign that C is a good employment opportunity. The growth is not where you live.

Being Slashdot content is written in English, I assumed mostly USA or UK readers. Perhaps I should have stated that. At least that's who my target audience for the location warning.

Clear now?

Comment Re:C is the best (Score 1) 307

C and assembly are all you need to know. The rest is just syntactic sugar.

That's what the Lisp folks usually say: it can be any paradigm you want, even one you made up.

(Which can back-fire when you use it to model how your head works, leave the company, and the new guy discovers you are insane by his/her standards.)

Comment Re:As a C programmer (Score 1) 307

People struggle with pretty much every language, it's just that the bugs are different in each.

It's usually not the language that throws me for a loop (no pun intended), but the screwy poorly-documented API's and Web UI stacks (DOM, CSS, etc.), which seem to break whenever a new browser version comes out and have to be tested on gazillion devices and browser brands. Time to rethink web UI (non) standards: it's a fscking time sink. [Insert the rest of my usual UI rant here.]

Comment Country? [Re:As a C programmer] (Score 0) 307

Being more devices and consumer goods probably have embedded programming in them, I suspect that accounts for most of the C increase, and it's probably being done overseas, where the manufacturing hubs are.

Keep that in mind before jumping on the C bandwagon.

I purchased a fairly basic electric fan, and it has a digital control for level and a timer. It's probably programmed in C. I even saw a toilet seat in one store that glows via an LED light that turns on when you sit on it, if the light is off. Could be C in that controller also. You may be sitting on C now and not even know it.

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