Up until this weekend, it had been a while since I’d written any straight-up C, pretty much because I’m done with C-only classes, and it’s not terribly useful for the web stuff I do at work. However, for this slicin’-up-JPEG stuff for my senior project, it’s pretty nice, since the fread/fseek stuff is flat out righteous for rooting around in a binary for metadata.

I suppose I could do it in Ruby, but I’d end up reading a bunch of bytes I wouldn’t need, slowin’ it down (the slow interpreter wouldn’t really be an issue, since it’s all IO code anyways). Since the application can’t have a bunch of installation overhead, compiled code is probably better for the situation anyways.