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C Language History

Updated on January 8, 2010

History of C Language

C language was developed in the 1970 by Dennis Ritchie at Bell Telephone at Bell Telephone Laboratories,Inc(called AT&T Bell Laboratories). Until 1978 C was mostly used within the Bell laboratories. In 1978 Brain Kernighan and Ritchie published a definitive description of the language referred to as K & R version of C.

After the publication of the K&R description many desirable features of C impressed computer professionals.By the mind of 1980 the popularity of C had become widespread. Numerous C compilers and interpreters had been written for different Operating systems.Most of the commercial implementations of C were some what different from K & T version of C. This created some minor incompatibilities among different implementations of the language. Therefore, the ANSI (American National Standard Institute) worked on a standard version of C language.

Characteristics of C Language

The following are the features of C language:

  • C is an All purpose programming language.It is equally suitable for generating high level application and low level application.
  • C language encourages the users to write their own library function so that they can extend the features of the language.
  • C program can be executed on any type of computers.
  • The program written in C language can be converted into machine language more efficiently.
  • Computer games can be generated in C language which is accomplished through the usage of sound graphics.
  • C is close to hardware.
  • Both low and high level programming can be done in C language.
  • Another feature of C language is the address manipulation which can be done through the usage of pointers.

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