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The C programming language and its importance

The C programming language is unique. It is special. It is small. It is great and it is filled with UNIX genius. It is just like a typical UNIX tool which does only one job, but does it well. The C language is small but it is the most challenging programming skill to acquire today.

I have been doing serious C programming for close to a decade now. But I feel like a child on the seashore picking up a pebble here, a pebble there when the vast ocean lies unexplored in front of me.

This was stolen from Isaac Newton. And I also wish to steal another saying of his. I have been able to do whatever programming I did using C only due to the open source C programs I have seen in different projects available in the familiar places like sourceforge and also in later days the operating system source code under /usr/src in OpenBSD.

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