Re: [wmii] Inferno/Styx

From: Uriel <>
Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 14:28:26 +0200

On 5/15/06, Bill Puschmann <> wrote:
> wrote:
> > > The subscribe to a "german engineering" software philosophy which is
> clean,
> > > efficient, […]
> > > By the way most mission critical code in medical and military
> > > applications is still writeen in C.... I wonder why..???
> >
> It's called legacy code. I can point to a lot of mission critical and
> military apps written in Ada and COBOL... and I doubt that makes them good
> things :).
> That and people know more about it and aren't making "beginner" mistakes.
> Remember how horrendous JAVA was (and "is")... yet there are two rovers
> running around on Mars programmed in Java. They were only supposed to last
> a couple months...

Bullshit, the Java code is only on the client side on Earth, IIRC the
code in the rovers is C and maybe some ASM. And for the record, the
rovers have suffered various embarrassing software problems that were
close to making the mission a total failure, and that after years of
testing and debugging such a mission critical system that has cost
millions of $, it still crashes completely randomly. For details
bother to read the weekly updates at the NASA MER website.

Also well worth reading about programming at NASA:

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