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Saturday, 3 March 2012

Introduction to C Programming

Dennis Ritchie

  • C language was developed by Dennis Ritchie between 1969 and 1973 at AT&T Bell Laboratories.
  • Most of the features in C are derived from "B" programming language.  That is the reason why the new language was named as "C".
  • C is a high level language but it lacks features like garbage collection, object orientation which are usually available in high-level languages.
  • C is a structured programming language.  Because, C provides many features like functions, if statements, loops, blocks etc.
  • Most part of the UNIX operating system was written in C
  •  C was initially designed to develop system software.  Because of its simplicity, flexibility and portability, it is also used to develop application software. 

Applications of C programming language:
  • Used to develop firmware for micro controllers, operating system, device drivers etc.
  • Major programming languages like PHP, Perl , Python etc. are written in C
  • Used to develop application softwares like media player, mp3 player, games etc.

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