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they don't generally engage in language wars

See "Go To Statement Considered Harmful" and "Why Pascal is Not My Favorite Programming Language". Of course, less of this kind of stuff survives from that day than we see online now, but most programmers didn't even have access to Usenet 30 years ago, much less things like blogs and twitter. If you wanted to communicate something about programming to the world, you had to get somebody to publish it. Unsurprisingly, it was easier to get useful things like algorithms and data structures published than rants.

Indeed, and Djikstra's statement that Fortran produces brain damage....

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