Why learn C instead Pascal?

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    Why learn C instead Pascal?

    Why C is better than Pascal?
    Someone know's some good reasons, or a good C vs Pascal report?

    Thanks.

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    Also, C is the basis for languages such as C++, Java and C#. I have taught Pascal it is a great learning language- but it is basically "dead". Less than 5% of colleges/university teach it now. Same applies in industry.
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    Pascal isn't quite dead. Its been renamed Delphi (which is basically a Visual Pascal).

    I've only seen a few games written with the old Pascal, and they were low quality things (ZZT and Fallthru... one ASCII graphics, the other text adventure).

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    Delphi is not a real Pascal. It mutated from original one, it does not conform ANSI or ISO. So it lacks portability. Actually real Pascal is dead. But for C/C++, most compilers still conform ANSI or ISO.
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    Delphi == RAD, hence == cheap and nasty

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    yeah, C is the most popular of the programming (not the 1st programming that you need to learn). you may find out some of programming using in banking system, .... etc. that's why most of ppl wan to find out who is the programmers that learn C before.

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    however, wasn't it like pascal-->modula-->oberon (wirt's programming languages)

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    >Why C is better than Pascal?

    Well, from the way you ask your question I think you already know, or did you mean: Is C better than Pascal? If that is your real question, then my answer is: C is not better than Pascal and Pascal is not better than C, but in some cases C is more usefull than Pascal and in other cases Pascal is more usefull than C.

    Pascal is still used a lot in the academic world, it is a nice structured language. In industry Pascal isn't used a lot anymore, except Delphi. I don't think that is because Pascal is a bad language, but it is because over the years software requirements have changed and Pascal didn't fit anymore, so developers started using better fitting tools, like C and C++. The same is with Java in embedded systems. Currently a lot of consumer electronics is equipped with nice GUI's and a system that allows applications to be removed, updated and downloaded easily into the systems. C and C++ didn't fit, so developers started searching and found Java. So it doesn't mean Java is better than C or C++, but it fits better for such applications.

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    ada is alot like pascal too.

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    Ada is used alot in US Military, I think more than C++.
    But it's very very rare in other area.
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