The top 10 dead (or dying) computer skills

> 6. C programming

I will have to disagree with that article. Even if C will eventually eclipse, it is not its time yet. The author of the article should have cited x86 Assembly instead, not C.


Tom Dison wrote on May 24th, 2007 at 10:21 AM PST:

C/C++ is almost dead in the business world. I started as a Visual C++ MFC developer. My skills were in great demand. Now, everyone (I am a consultant) want VB.NET, C# or Java. There are very few jobs that want anything else. I realize there are markets still for C/C++, just as there are for Fortran, etc. Obviously, certain areas such as System Programming, Drivers, Embedded, etc. will be using C/C++ for quite a while. However, if you are viewing this from a business perspective, which does employ a huge percentage of all programmers, the shift has already happened.

Tom Dison wrote on May 24th, 2007 at 10:40 AM PST:

I would agree with the Assembly assessment. The problem with C/C++ development is that finding talented developers in this realm is going to get harder. Since businesses are not using C/C++ (for the most part), most students are steering towards the languages that will most likely lead to a job. There will always be _some_ talented C/C++ programmers, but I believe the numbers will be dwindling.

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Eugenia wrote on May 24th, 2007 at 10:26 AM PST:

My husband still has a hard time finding good C programmers for his embedded mobile web browser. There is still quite some demand for C/C++. Much more than Assembly that is, which is truly dead. Just 20 years ago Assembly was still a hit. IMO, No6 of his list should have been Assembly, not C.

Phil wrote on May 25th, 2007 at 12:33 PM PST:

Shame about COBOL (and probably all the other languages I learnt in the early nineties) :(

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Eugenia wrote on May 25th, 2007 at 12:35 PM PST:

Heh, in college I learned Pascal predominantly. Dead too.

faithful wrote on May 27th, 2007 at 2:26 AM PST:

And what do you think about:
– Prolog
– Logo
– Haskel
– Assembler 68000
This is my personal cemetery! :)

Optimus wrote on June 2nd, 2007 at 8:41 AM PST:

I agree! That’s a strange choice in that page. I considered C/C++ quite alive and will still be for a long. Maybe assembly is considered dead since ages so he didn’t even bothered including it :P

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