With the introduction of many programming languages, variety of options are available for the beginners to choose from. This raises a question of which language to learn first? We are a generation that wants everything as simple and fast as possible. In many universities or colleges C is taught as the first programming language. But with the advance and high level programming languages available is C worth learning?
What is C?
C is a procedural programming language developed by Dennis Ritchie in 1972. It was developed as a system programming language to write operating system. The main features of C language include low-level access to memory, simple set of keywords, and clean style, these features make C language suitable for system programming like operating system or compiler development.
Learning C programming has lot of benefits, but the foremost thing in which it helps is to understand the underlying architecture of how things works?
Consider an example where a person learns to drive a car. With the advancement in technology variety of cars are available in market. Mainly automatic and manual featured cars are available. Suppose the person learns to drive an automatic car. After learning how to drive he now has to apply for a driving licence where he need to pass the driving test. The driving test is now on a manual car with no auto-gear change feature. Now the person will not be able to drive or answer some basic questions as well. Since, he did not learn how to drive a manual car. Eventually he ended up getting disqualified.
Learning C has a similar benefit. If the person had learned driving on a manual car, he could have easily driven the automatic car as well. Similarly, if a person learns C programming first, it will help him to learn any modern programming language as well. As learning C help to understand a lot of underlying architecture of operating system. Like, pointers, working with memory locations etc.
Let us now look at some of the important advantages of learning C programming:
C is a Middle-Level Language.
The middle-level languages are somewhere between the Low-level machine understandable assembly languages and High-Level user friendly languages. Being a middle-level language, C reduces the gap between the low-level and high-level languages. Writing operating system as well as doing application level programming can be done using C language.
Helps to understand the fundamentals of Computer Theories.
Most of the theories related to computers like Computer Networks, Compiler Designing, Computer Architecture, Operating Systems are based on C programming language and requires a good knowledge of C programming if you are working on them. In the modern high level languages, the machine level details are hidden from the user, so in order to work with CPU cache, memory, network adapters, learning C programming is a must.
C programming language has fewer libraries in comparison with other high-level languages. So, learning C programming also clears programming concepts to a great extent as you have to write lot of things from scratch. You will not be dependent on the programming language entirely for implementing some basic operations and implementing them on your own will also help you to build your analytical skills.
C is very fast in terms of execution time.
Programs written and compiled in C executes much faster than compared to any other programming language. C programming language is very fast in terms of execution as it does not have any additional processing overheads such as garbage collection or preventing memory leaks etc. The programmer must take care of these things on his own.
C is extensively used in Embedded Programming. Embedded Programming is also referred to as micro-controller programming, where C program is used to control micro-controllers. Microcontrollers and embedded programming are widely used in auto-motives, Robotics, hardware, etc.
Also see : How is C++ different from C.
Disadvantages of C.
- Does not support OOPs (Object Oriented Programming).
- Run time type checking is not available.
- Does not provide namespace function.
- Low level of abstraction.
Now it is up to you to select your first programming language as you are going type codes. As far as concept building is concerned C is definitely the best language. So tells us in the comment section if you feel C is worth learning or not. And for more such content visit us again. Also tell us what other things you want us to post.
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