> I am not denying reality one bit, I actually only made a reflection upon the real reality, i.e I constantly compare my work, the time it takes me to write certain things and when I compare that with the people who use those so called modern languages I can see no advantage for them, i,e they do not finish their project faster than me and their software is not more capable than mine.
Even if what you say is true, it's just an anecdote with no representativeness whatsoever.
> Impossible to do string handling?
I didn't say that. I said it's impossible to do it in a sane way, and anything that requires you to worry about memory management is *not* sane.
> Arbitrary-precision arithmetic? I just use GMP for that if we are talking about serious need for precision.
GMP-based code is utterly unreadable due to the lack of automatic memory management and operator overloading. Anybody who denies this probably has no idea what good, elegant and simple code looks like.