by Dirk Haun
Triggered by my employer's hand-wringing search for C programmers, I was wondering: Where do new C programmers actually come from?
C itself is still very much in use in many areas, yet CS students only seem to be learning higher level languages at university these days. While a competent programmer will be able to pick up pretty much any language in a short time, C does have some peculiarities - like pointers - that no other programming language has and that are a common cause of problems.
So what can we do to ensure a steady supply of experienced C programmers well into the future? Not claiming to have all the answers, I'd also like to invite the audience to help in brainstorming.
24th–28th April 2012