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    Dennis Ritchie in 2003 pre-echoes ESR today:

    Do you have any predictions as to the future of C?

    C is declining somewhat in usage compared to C++, and maybe Java, but perhaps even more compared to higher-level scripting languages. It’s still fairly strong for the basic system-type things.

    Bonus: DR liked John McPhee!

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      Everyone should read John McPhee. He is a treasure.

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        I have, no joke, listened to the entire Annals of the Former World in audiobook form.

        You try to explain to someone that you listened to multiple hours about geology and you get some strange looks, let me tell you!

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          He makes lacrosse interesting! And shad fishing! He’s basically a magician.