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Lies in education [was Re: The "loop and a half"]

On 11/10/17 15:36, Chris Angelico wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 1:14 AM, bartc <bc at freeuk.com> wrote:
>> Python, maybe. C syntax isn't as painful as C++ but I still have a lot of
>> trouble with it. (Eg. the variable declaration 'char(*(*x[3])())[5]'. The
>> name of the variable can be found lurking in that lot somewhere, but what's
>> the type?) Not so convenient.
> People love showcasing stupid examples like that. But how often do you
> REALLY make declarations that complex? That's not technically
> strawmanning, since C syntax does indeed include that, but you're
> cherry-picking the most extreme example.

That's only really one level more complex than declarations I use fairly 
regularly (I am an embedded system programmer most of the time).  On the 
other hand, I never actually do declare things in that way: typedef is 
your friend, and makes your C code much easier to read.

Rhodri James *-* Kynesim Ltd