C Programming Language

  • February 4, 2022
  • C
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C is a general-purpose, procedural, imperative computer programming language developed at AT & T’s Bell Laboratories of USA in 1972. It was designed and written by a man named Dennis Ritchie. C programming is considered as the base for other programming languages, therefore it is known as the mother language. Possibly why C seems so popular is because it is reliable, simple, and easy to use.

Why learn C?

This is one of the most frequent query of young coders, that is why C and not any other language. There are several reasons for it :

  • It is believed that one cannot directly learn C++ or Java, therefore, we need to have a basic understanding of the elements of programming(C is easy to learn).
  • Major parts of popular operating systems like Windows, UNIX, Linux are still written in C.
  • Even today when it comes to performance nothing beats C.
  • It can handle low-level activities.
Key points :
  • C language is case-sensitive in nature.
  • It is a compiled language (meaning: a programming language whose implementations are typically compilers )
  • It supports the feature of both low-level and high-level language, therefore considered a middle-level language .
  • C Compiler is platform-dependent.
  • It is known as a mother language because most of the compilers and JVMs are written in C language.
  • “?:” is the only ternary operator in C language.
  • “sizeof” is the only operator which is also a keyword.
  • C provides constructs that map efficiently to typical machine instructions.
C Program:

A C program can vary from 3 lines to millions of lines and its file extension is “.c”; for example, program1.c. You can use “vi”, “vim” or any other text editor to write your C program into a file

Note: let’s take a look at a simple C program in the next post.C Program – Structure

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