Characteristics of C
We briefly list some of C’s characteristics that define the language and also have lead to its popularity as a programming language. Naturally we will be studying many of these aspects throughout the course.
- Small size
- Extensive use of function calls
- Loose typing — unlike PASCAL
- Structured language
- Low level (BitWise) programming readily available
- Pointer implementation – extensive use of pointers for memory, array, structures and functions.
C has now become a widely used professional language for various reasons.
- It has high-level constructs.
- It can handle low-level activities.
- It produces efficient programs.
- It can be compiled on a variety of computers.
Its main drawback is that it has poor error detection which can make it off putting to the beginner. However diligence in this matter can pay off handsomely since having learned the rules of C we can break them. Not many languages allow this. This if done properly and carefully leads to the power of C programming.