What is the purpose of C?

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    What is the purpose of C?

    I was wondering if C is just meant for communication and processing information. I wonder this because i don't see much material about making GUIs and such.

    So in a box "What is the purpose of C"

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    There are libraries available depending on what you want to do... here are some:
    http://www.atai.org/guitool/

    If you haven't worked with GUI programming before, I recommend getting that experience in another language, though. It would be easier to cross over from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davez69gto
    So in a box "What is the purpose of C"
    C is a general purpose programming language.

    Quote Originally Posted by Davez69gto
    I wonder this because i don't see much material about making GUIs and such.
    You might not have searched hard enough. For example, the Windows API provides a C interface, as does the cross platform GUI library GTK+.
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    C is originally created to build operating system but since has been popular it's been used as well to create applications.

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    And there are a lot of langugages where creating GUI is a lot easier than in C

    So nothing prevents from choosing one of this languages to write a GUI part, while the engine will be written in C
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    C == Portable Assembly Language
    ...so in a nutshell C is your PAL

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    Quote Originally Posted by itCbitC View Post
    C == Portable Assembly Language
    ...so in a nutshell C is your PAL
    Actually, it's a lot higher level than that. Languages like Bliss and B are much closer to assembly language.

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    C is the "new B" plus the preprocessor; the next step in the evolutionary process esp. since B is hardly used which in turn came from BCPL.

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    >C is the "new B" plus the preprocessor
    There are a few minor additions besides the preprocessor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prelude View Post
    >C is the "new B" plus the preprocessor
    There are a few minor additions besides the preprocessor.
    For instance types other than "integer"/"pointer".

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