Remember when I called some “developers” draggers? Well, here is an easy tip to spot one: they say C is a bad language for compilers. I guess the best language to write a compiler is one that is near the machine code, but hey, some people may not agree. I would agree, though, that C is not very good to write a parser (which seems what the guy wanted to do, in the first place) because C is not a state machine (but you can easily write one, if you have the will.)
So, when someone starts blaming a language for his/her lack of ability to change code, you know you spotted a dragger.