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Without a doubt, C has "lost" nothing, because it barely changed. And most of the modern code written in it still has mostly the same style as in the nineties.

I guess about C++ you are comparing pre-C++11 era to post-C++11 era (because C++14 and C++17 were more minor, and even for the most part a kind of finalization of the C++11 spirit). And I consider you thinking C++ has lost an "opinion" is merely _your_ opinion (how meta :p ), which I don't share at all: C++ was always kind of multiparadigm and like it or not but people attempted to do all the modern stuff even with pre-C++11 core language. It sometimes did not end well (first smart pointers...), and/or it was just annoying to miss some features, like variadic templates, or again there was missed optimizations (now permitted with rvalue references and move semantics). SFINAE was abused and let us write great things at compile time at the cost of truly insane syntax, but now there is some work to let write that kind of thing less insanely. The core language basically evolved to let what people were already trying to do actually doable with somehow sound results and/or less boilerplate/hacks (not statically nor dynamically checked in tons of cases, though, but that is another story).

Very old C++ was also very often POO heavy, in the Java/GoF sense/spirit. Some people detest that (myself kind of included), so I'm glad there is something else to do in modern C++ than creating SingletonFactory classes, that kind of insanity.






> Without a doubt, C has "lost" nothing, because it barely changed

Thanks to UB exploitation, C as implemented has been changing a lot over time. Old C was a decent low-level language. New C is barely usable.


I'm not following. Can you give an example of such changes which make C less-usable? Also, are you referring to changes in the C standard or just the implementations?



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