What is C good for?

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    Question What is C good for?

    Really.
    Granted, I am very much the Newbie and have yet to progress beyond the most simplistic programs, yet I don't know what one really uses C for.
    It does math functions I see. Prints stuff to your screen in a command window (I am using m$)...ummm. After that I don't know.
    I suppose I would like to know what kind of programs are built using C and what other lovely things it does/can do.


    Anyone?

    Much thanks.

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    C is for foundation to help you learn other stuff.

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    lemmie see Windows, um Linux, uh BSD, OS-X, virtuall every OS, also every piece of software and every game commercially available... are or can be written in C.
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    maybe not the GUI part.

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    Oh.

    Thank you kindly, Nutshell and No One.

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    the Windows GUI is written entirly in C++...
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    with the help of some 3d engine or what? Entirely? Even the GUI of winxp ?

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    not 3d engine necessary its all 2D im not exactly sure on the methods but it maybe just GDI or something. whatever it is it custom.

    though i mean the ovelying GUI, the direct hardware interfacing is probably in C or ASM(most likly ASM).

    Even the GUI of winxp ?

    yep.
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    In theory... you can do just about anything in C.

    And in practice.... again, you can do just about anything. I mean, in addition to reams and reams of sorting and searching, you can pretty much do anything that you can figure out how to do...

    Translate between two languages.
    Edit datafiles for a game.
    An OS, or compiler.
    Crash someone's machine.
    Callou collei we'll code the way
    Of prime numbers and pings!

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    The reason most widely quoted is: "If you learn C you can get a good job as a programer"

    To me this is the worst reason to do anything. I love C because it has enormous flexibility and you can get right down to machine level ( via inline asm - my obsession )

    BUT If you just need to write a quick program to do something simple and have no interest in the machinery then use Basic. The problem with C for the beginner is that it seems very complicated and counterintuitive ( "how can a string be an array and what the hell are pointers for?" ) For the moderately experienced programmer it is just wonderful ...

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