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C Programming and Its Uses

August 7, 2009
C is a general-purpose, procedural computer programming language developed in 1972 by Dennis Ritchie at the Bell Telephone Laboratories for use with the UNIX operating system. It has since spread to many other platforms. Although C was designed as a system implementation language, it is also widely used for applications. C has also greatly influenced many other popular languages, especially C++, which was originally designed as an extension to C.
Why use C?
Mainly because it produces code that runs nearly as fast as code written in assembly language. The other Reasons are
  1. The portability of the compiler;
  2. The standard library concept;
  3. A powerful and varied list of operators;
  4. An elegant syntax;
Uses of C
C was initially used for system development work, in particular the programs that make-up the operating system. Some examples of the use of C might be:
  1. Operating Systems
  2. Language Compilers
  3. Assemblers
  4. Text Editors
  5. Print Spoolers
  6. Network Drivers
  7. Modern Programs
  8. Data Bases
  9. Language Interpreters
  10. Utilities
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