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There's no shortage of viable alternatives. C++ is significantly more popular than C these days, and the gap widens every year.

The problem is you can't learn all of C++. I've been coding in it for the better part of a decade and I still run into weird corners that don't make sense regularly.

C is much more compact.

Amen. Every time I think I have my head wrapped around C++ a new version comes out or Scott Meyers writes a book and I realize how ignorant I am about C++. No one really know all of C++.

I bet Stroustrap occasionally sees some C++ code and says "huh ... I didn't know you could do that."

> "huh ... I didn't know you could do that."

To be fair, that is not an entirely uncommon thing to say when watching a user work with something you made.

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