On tbasic, I’ve been doing all my C coding in BBEdit, not fucking Xcode, and it is fantastic. Doesn’t crash. Syntax highlighting works, and by “works” I mean doesn’t replace my text with Cyrillic as Xcode is wont to do (I do not like the new BBEdit color theme editor, but it’s a far cry from stabbing me in the face like Xcode does). BBedit’s window stays where I fucking put it, and sidebar shows clearly which files are open and modified. Running
OS X Mojave no longer has C man pages visible anywhere I can find, so Dash is the only way to look anything up:
To use it from the shell, create
dashman: (hashtag command-line integration, I couldn’t find this in any search, and Dash has no AppleScript which is my usual solution to o’erweening GUIs)
#!/bin/zsh open "dash://$*"
Hm. So, I’ve worked with people who don’t learn their languages, they just rely on autocomplete in an IDE, snippets, and StackOverflow. If this is you, if you can’t code without an Internet connection, you can’t code. Please stop programming, go away, and read a book until you know the syntax and fundamental APIs, because right now you do more harm than good.
That said, while I studied K&R (and Stephen Kochan’s Programming in C, my introduction back in the ’80s) with the intensity of a snake-handler reading his Bible, I certainly can’t remember every strcspn, strcoll, strstrn or whatever random series of 7-letter identifiers they had to use back in the ’70s (even in the late ’80s, I was still using C compilers which only distinguished 7-letter identifiers). C’s libraries are often gibberish and searchable man pages are all we have.
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@mdhughes And even a true believer can get bitten. Very appropriate.
@devilgate Added a snake-handler video link. Which was just a flippant way for me to say “a lot”, but when I think about how unspeakably dangerous C is, it’s an even better metaphor!
@mdhughes “[W]hile I studied … with the intensity of a snake-handler reading his Bible”: I honestly can’t tell whether that means you studied them really intensely, or mostly ignored them. Because why would a snake-handler read the <cite>Bible</cite>?
Oh, wait, is that those Christians who handle snakes and believe their god will protect them? In that case it makes perfect sense. Ignore all of the above. I think I was thinking of snake charmers.
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