C has enjoyed a long and fruitful life, and it still influences language design today. Ultimately C++ was created by adding objects to C, and Java was created by cleaning up C++’s syntax and making it so that it could run on any computer after being compiled once. Therefore, C tends to look primitive to modern students.

The creators of C++ and Java would quite rightly argue that the process was at least a little more complicated than this.

Nevertheless, there is still call for C programmers today. A lot of behind the-scenes code for Python modules is still written in C, as is much of the code for modern operating systems. Understanding C is also a good first step toward understanding assembly language, since it translates more directly to assembly without as many intermediate steps. And many computer games are still written in C or C++, for the speed they can offer.

In short, you may use C every day in your coding career, or you may never use it at all. But there are undeniable benefits to understanding how the language works, especially as you explore the inner workings of your computer.

If you are interested in learning C, please continue your journey with the free CodeAhoy Book on C: Introduction to C Programming Language and Data Structures.

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