LCA: Lessons from 30 years of Sendmail
Posted Feb 5, 2011 1:23 UTC (Sat) by HelloWorld
In reply to: LCA: Lessons from 30 years of Sendmail
Parent article: LCA: Lessons from 30 years of Sendmail
Meh... everyone tends to like tools he/she is familiar with. That's just human nature.
This is another way of saying "I do it that way because I always did, but that's OK because everybody else does too.".
But... but... then you're back in dangerous territory, no?
Using a C library and writing the rest of the program in another language is still better than writing it all in C.
OK, now I know you're just arguing for the sake of argument. :) That's totally ridiculous and you know it
It's not, you just didn't understand my point. You said that MTA authors attempt to make their software as efficient as possible, which, together with the fact that most MTAs are written in C, implies that C is the language you can write the most efficient software in. But this simply isn't the case: C is just one spot among many, many, many others on the efficiency-vs.-comfort curve. More specifically, it is not
on the performance maximum of that curve, since that's where assembly language is. Yet, many (most?) people seem to believe that C somehow hit the perfect spot for "systems" programming. Even if that was true in 1970, people should start getting comfortable with the idea that it's not any longer.
to post comments)