[Beowulf] multiline string literals...
Robert G. Brown
rgb at phy.duke.edu
Tue Jan 13 08:29:25 EST 2004
This is a teeny bit off-topic, but I don't know where else to find a
group of knowledgeable systems programmers.
Does anybody here know WHY multiline literals, e.g. specifically
char usage = "
Usage: foobar [-h] [-v] -f barianfile
-h for help
-v for verbose
-f barianfile to specify your foo-bar-barian
are deprecated in gcc? I have a very hard time understanding this. A
string is a bunch of bytes in memory. I can put anything I want in it.
It is clearly a million times more tedious to code this in one line at a
time, and many times more likely to contain a bug as well.
Sorry to rant a bit, but I've spent some time trying to understand just
what it is that they're saving me from or what low-level aspect of a
computer is made ambiguous by multiline literals in C code and come up
empty. Seems like pure fascism to me, which is anathema in C. You want
rigorous structure, use Pascal...
Robert G. Brown http://www.phy.duke.edu/~rgb/
Duke University Dept. of Physics, Box 90305
Durham, N.C. 27708-0305
Phone: 1-919-660-2567 Fax: 919-660-2525 email:rgb at phy.duke.edu
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