Write down briefly the history and importance of C language.



History of C: 

C language is one of the most popular computer languages today because it is a structured, high level, machine independent language. It allows software developers to develop software without worrying about the hardware platforms where they will be implemented.
            The following flowchart shows the history of ANSI C . 

1960
ALGOL
International Group



1967
BCPL
Martin Richards



1970
B
Ken Thompson



1972
Traditional C
Dennis Ritchie



1978
K&R  C
Kernighan & Ritchie



1989
ANSI C
ANSI Committee



1990
ANSI/ISO C
ISO Committee

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Importance of C: 

C is a very important language because of its many useful features. The increasing popularity of C is due to its many desirable qualities. It is a robust language whose rich set of built in functions and operators can be used to write any complex program. It allows software developers to develop software without worrying about the hardware platforms where they will be implemented. The C compiler combines the capabilities of an assembly language with the features of a higher level language and therefore it is well suited for both system software and business packages. Else these,

  1. C language is efficient and fast.
  2. C is highly portable.
  3. C language is well suited for structured programming.
  4. C is a machine independent language.
  5. C has the ability to extend itself.

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