When I entered this business, languages like Perl and VB were just coming to prominence and giving developers a chance to develop applications in languages other than COBOL, C/C++, FORTRAN, and Pascal. Those languages had really dominated application development for at least a decade, and even longer when you consider the history of COBOL and FORTRAN. By the time I graduated college, many schools had switched from teaching C or C++ to Java, and now it is not uncommon to find CS graduates who have never touched either language.
I used C in college briefly, but I've never had to use it professionally. Have you used C/C++ in your career?
Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.