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What is C?

Published on December 16, 2020
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By Brian Boucheron
Developer and author at DigitalOcean.
What is C?

C is an imperative, high-level programming language known for its modularity, static typing, variety of data types and operators, recursion, and structured approach to tasks. Unlike many other early programming languages, C is machine independent and highly portable. For these reasons, developers have used it to build a variety of programs and systems, including the Linux kernel.

For more background on C and its use in Linux, please visit A Brief History of Linux.

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