This is the introduction part of the Computer programming class, here we deal with C programming language. we will see its history and then we will discuss why you should study this C programming language when there are so many other programming languages are available.
Computer Programming class
All of us know that this computer is a general-purpose machine that can perform Many computational tasks. But the thing is, these computer’s they really can’t do anything on their own. so to get something done by using this computer, we have to give the instructions to this computers. These instructions which are given to the computers to get a particular job done are called as the Program. The person who is going to write these instructions is called as the Programmer and the language in which these instructions or these programs are written is called as the programming language.
As a programmer, we will write the program or the instructions using any of the programming language available, and then this computer will work according to the instructions. C language is one of the programming languages which we can use and write these computer programs.
History of the C programming
Now let’s see the history of the C programming language. This C programming language was invented in 1972 at Bell Laboratories of USA by a team lead by Dennis Ritchie and Dennis Ritchie called his new language and the C language because it was the successor of another existing language at that time called as the “B language”. This B Language was highly influenced by another existing old language which was called as the BCPL at that time.
Originally this C language was created to write the operating systems and compilers and then later because of its simplicity and its features C became one of the popular programming languages and even to this day C is one of the most popular programming language used.
Why should you have to study C language
You guys maybe thinking like Ok, why should I have to study this C language when there are so many other languages like C++, Java, C# are available.
To learn any programming language, that language should be simple and easy to learn. This C is one of the simple and easy to learn the language. If you don’t know anything about computer programming then the C programming language is one of the languages which you can use and get started with your programming career.
Another thing is, if we learn the C programming language then you will have the better understanding of the basic computer programming concepts. C language has the concepts like the Pointers and dynamic memory allocation And many more.
If you understand all these basic concepts of the computer programming then you can understand all those other advanced concepts very easily. Another thing is if we learn any programming language and once you start writing the programs, the program that you write using that language should be efficient and reliable and also it should provide high performance. so if you talk about the execution speed then the code written in the C programming language can run much faster than many of the Other programming languages and also the C programming language is widely used when there are very fewer resources are available for example in the embedded devices.
Now the next thing is, If you learn the C programming language, then learning languages like C++, Java or C Sharp will be a lot easier. That’s because as I said before if you know the C programming language then you will have the better understanding of the basic programming concepts. These languages, they use something called as the “ object-oriented programming “ approach and you know if you know the C, then learning this object-oriented programming with be a lot more easy and also major part of many modern programming languages are written using the C programming language and also these languages, they take a lot of features from the C language and that’s why C language is also called as the “Mother of all languages”
If we learn the C then learning any other language will be a lot easier. And then the next thing is, C is a general-purpose programming language. It means that you can use the C programming language to create different types of programs of the software. for example you can use the C programming language to write the device drivers, we can use it to create the word processor or you can use it while developing the games and also this C programming language is widely used for developing the major parts of the operating system and also this C is widely used in the embedded devices where you know you get very fewer resources and you need to write the efficient programs.
How C programming helps NASA in MARS mission?
Just for an example the Curiosity Rover sent to Mars by NASA has most of the code written in the C programming language and what I’m trying to say here is if you learn the C programming language then you can create different types of programs or the software using it.
The key point for Absolute Beginners in Programming :
This is about the introduction to the C programming language, what is its history and why you should study this C programming language. Now if you are an absolute beginner and you really don’t know about computer programming, programming languages and all these things, Then its good to read a book called ” Programming in ANSI C ” edition seven by Mac graw hills. Click here buy it from Amazon