Is C going the way of the Dodo?

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Slides for my session "Is C going the way of the Dodo?" at ACCU 2012. As it turned out, "Is C dead yet?" was a common topic throughout the conference.

In this session, I was looking at it from the perspective of my employer, who's desperately seeking C developers. Where are those coming from these days? How was it "back in the day"?

This then led to a discussion, from which some notes are included in this slide deck now.

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Is C going the way of the Dodo?

  1. 1. Is C goingthe way ofthe Dodo? Dirk Haun ACCU 2012
  2. 2. Requiem for C
  3. 3. C will live forever Requiem for C
  4. 4. C will live foreverWhen only C will do Requiem for C
  5. 5. C will live forever When only C will doIs C going the way of the Dodo? Requiem for C
  6. 6. "Javas long term downward trend line finally crossesCs stable (almost flat) popularity line"
  7. 7. Assumption: There is a steady demandfor C developers (for now).
  8. 8. Where do C developerscome from?
  9. 9. C is not a good language for teaching
  10. 10. 2nd Assumption:Most C developers are self-taught.
  11. 11. Back in the day ...
  12. 12. ... and then came the GUI ...
  13. 13. These days?You write for the web(or mobile).
  14. 14. Motivation? Discuss ...Help?ACCU?
  15. 15. Notes from the discussionWhere do C programmers come from?"From the 80s." Why rescue it? Multi core vs. C Market forces Motivation / Use Open Source projects EE students(?) Coming "down" from C++ Stability Efficiency / power consumption Maintenance Performance "No crisis" Understanding the machine Help Internet - courses etc. "gamify it" Role for the ACCU? (no contributions)
  16. 16. @dirkhaun
  17. 17. CreditsPresentation: Dirk Haun,TIOBE index via their website,Dodo painting by Cornelis Saftleven from 1638, via WikipediaOther photos via Flickr, in order of appearance:"morning sun" by Matt MacGillivray,"Stork" by L.E Daniel Larsson,"Numbers in the orange" by Leonid Mamchenkov,"workstation" by hobvias sudoneighm,"ZX81" by Dirk Haun,"Untitled" by Marcin Wichary,"wide web" by josef.stuefer,"Conversation" by Paul Hart,"Thank you" by Margherita J. L. Lisoni

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