Ever thought, Why C Programming is still taught in Universities, even after many decades of launch and emergence of many new Programming Languages.
The C Programming language was created to move the UNIX kernel code from assembly language to a higher level language to make the code simple. UNIX operating system’s development started in 1969, and its code was rewritten in C in 1972. Since late 1970s and 1980s, Many versions of C were implemented for a wide variety of mainframe computers, minicomputers, and microcomputers which eventually made it more popular. Since then, Its still been used worldwide.
So, What makes it so special? Its memory management flexibility is the main reason of its success. Developers had opportunities to control when/how/where to allocate/deallocate memory and it can be allocated statically, automatically, or dynamically in C programming. Another reason why it is so loved is that it sits very close to operating system which makes it an efficient language because system level resources can be accessed easily. So it makes C Language a good choice for system-level programming.
But, Everything has its flaws and C isn't a exceptional. The major flaw of C is that pointers are messed up and is a source of confusion and programming errors. And C also lacks the support of some useful features such as classes and objects which was later fixed by the introduction of C++. That's why C is not preferably used for Application level programming.
And for learners, C Programming is a marvel. It is the best programming language to teach the fundamentals of programming.
As we come to the conclusion, C Language is a boon to the IT industry and it will remain popular for some more decades to come.
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