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The discussion is only moot to the extent that the complaint is inaccurate. It is true that code, once optimized, is frequently hard to unoptimize. It is further true that what you optimize for at one point does not match what you optimize for at another. It is also true that there is a lot of C that is now optimized for the wrong thing. And finally it is true that people who write C because they are trying to squeeze performance are more generally prone to create more of it.

As long as those facts remain true, it is fair to complain about this tendency in C code in the wild. Even though the problem clearly lies with some of the programmers the language attracts rather than with the language.




And finally it is true that people who write C because they are trying to squeeze performance are more generally prone to create more of it.

You can't imply "fact" and use "generally" in the same sentence, sorry.




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