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Carnegie-Mellon Uni emits 'don't be stupid' list for C++ developers

Paul Crawford Silver badge

Re: Oh, goodie!

"FORTRAN is basically a universal assembler"

Not really. While *ALL* compiled languages eventually result in assembly-level instructions, C is a slightly special case in that it allows quite easy means of arbitrarily addressing memory locations and interacting with asynchronous events such as signals/interrupts. It also has many bit-wise sort of options in terms of manipulating integers, bit fields in structures, etc, that are useful for hardware driver I/O, etc.

That is not part of the usual FORTRAN syntax nor (I presume, not used) COBOL. E.g FORTAN 77 had no memory allocation support, you had to define fixed-size arrays at the start.

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