New developers and the Importance of C

Computer programming is a process in which programmer would create and develop softwares for the computers which would run a program, to solve a finite set of problems using a computer. Computer programming has been up since the beginning of computer system. In the first generation a vacuum tube was used, and after it since the transistors, binary language has been used to program the computers. Low-level programming has been introduced since Colossus; the first programmable computer.

Many changes have been made in this field and developers are stepping into this field to make computer systems even better than before. We are finding way better computers and their logic is even stronger than the previous era.

OS and the programming need

There was a need of an OS, since for each computer, the architecture was same and the programs that it would run were also same, but they had to write the same Operating System that would take control of the basic operations of the computer hardware for each of the computer seperately. So, many operating systems were introduced. Dennis Ritchie was the guy behind Linux OS and the C programming language. To teach those OSs, a language was required to tell the computer system what to do. Programming is a method of creating such applications, that would guide the computer’s system in executing the commands.

C is a low-level programming language, in which control over hardware is also provided. You can easily control the memory, processor and the registers using low-level language and you can manage the connected devices too. Assembly language is one of the first low-level language introduced after machine language (binary). But it was also less-understandable by humans as compared to C.

C programming language

C language is also known as the father of modern programming. Although there were other languages like BASIC and other some ones, but C was outstanding and outweighed in plus points as compared to them.

C language is a general-purpose programming language. There are no classes, no interfaces in C. But there are much more powerfull tools in it, pointers and much more. Which are used to manipulate the memory on the run time. C has been used as the building-block to many of the languages of the high-level programming, which include Java, D, Visual C#. C++ and Objective-c, when compiled, create a C language code and the C code is then compiled converting the code into native code enabling faster processing since the code is directly understandable by the computer once executed.

Why there are no more Good softwares anymore?

The new generation of the developers is really busy in their “get attention of public, specially girls” sort of thing and they lag the vital component of being a programmer. Which is, to help build a better digital world. I have been on to much forums, where new developers come and ask questions as vague as, why do I get Null error? I mean, really? This tells that the person, OP, doesnot have the very basic understanding of the concept “programming” and he just heard that Bill Gates is the richest person alive, he build a computer software known as MS-DOS and hey man, I can do the same here. All I have to do is to create a software and yeah, I will be a billionaire. This mentallity of the new developers doesn’t let them win the race.

Why learn C

C programming is vital, and must be taught instead of C++. Although C++ covers the concepts of Object-oriented programming but C is the main language that almost 90% of the programmers must know. 10% can rely on the C++ or any other high-level language. On my journey, I have leart Visual C#, Java, Visual C++, Visual Basic, ASP.NET and many more languages and I have always found people complaining about the speed of the language and the answer was always to learn C language or to use C++, since they compile down to the native code making it faster for the applicaiton to run.

Problems at College level

The college I study at teaches us; or should I say only taught us, C++ for 2 months and it was all craming; murder of the programming concept is to teach programming on paper. Although it is because the lack of resources here, but still new programmers must be taught the programming skills. I remember my days  of HTML learning, although it was never a tough language but for me, without any knowledge and understand the ASP.NET code was like a petition against me.

Side-effects of not learning low-lever programming language

Most of the embedded devices require low-level programming, most of the microcontrollers require the developer to have enough understanding of the low-level programming, and the concepts involved in low-level programming. Such as memory management, pointers and other concepts that are required in programming for microcontrollers, or other microchips and embedded devices. For a modern developer (a developer who can only write applications on .NET framework, or Android OS) would never be able to program for such devices. There is another concept called Internet of Things, that can be however programmed using the .NET but devices connceted to it must be programmed using a low-level language for a better output.

No general support of these languages

There is no support for C and other programming language, such as Assembly, and the best IDE (at least in my opinion) Visual Studio doesn’t support the Assemly projects, but still MASM is included. That is why, the major colleges and institutions teaching software engineering and computer programming do not teach Assembly, C, or any other programming language that explains the computer programming concept in real. This removes any traces and interest of a programming student to better understand the computer architect and then product the softwares for it. But instead the programmers are more-likely to be developing the applications for themself, and not for the public use.

Do or die; C or blind

Students must be taught the difference between a low-level programming and the high-level programming and their minds must be set to always prefer low-level programming instead of high-level programming. You can think of it as the programmer must always go to the harder but efficient way and must always ignore the easy but vague way of doing programming. A framework that he built the application might at any time get deprecated and so on. But an application developed using the low-level programming language would never fall short any time. This ensures not only the efficiency, but the quality of the application. Low-level programming is also not bad for the person, it makes his mind able to solve basic riddles that he might face each day.

Online resource for learning C

I have been searching for a C compiler and a resource library to look deep into the C language, and I found the resource library at The C Library Reference Guide. Online compiler can be easily accessed at, Compile and Execute C Online.

Programming is the best hobby for mind, if done in a low-level language.


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