I am considering writing a new software product. Performance will be critical, so I am wary of using an interpreted or language or one that uses a emulation layer (read java).
Which leads me to thinking of using C (or C++) however these are both rather long in the tooth. I haven't used either for a long time. I figured in the last 20 years someone has probably created something which is reasonably popular, nice to code in and compiled.
What more modern alternatives are there to C for writing high performance compiled code?
If C++ is a different beast than it was 15 years ago, I would consider it, I guess I had an assumption that it had some inherent problems.
Parallelisation would be important, but probably not across multiple machines.