c & c++
developed in 1970s, the C group of languages are to this day among the most popular and useful languages in the field of computer programming. You are not considered to be "real coder" without an understanding of C and C++.
C was initially written to be more flexible and readable than its predecessors. There are those that call C the lingua franca of programming languages, a common link between languages, for the reason that it is universal, portable and efficient. C++, a superset of C, is designed to be more object-oriented. This means that the focus is more towards a manipulation of objects rather than the logic and data behind them.
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c is favoured for its speed and simplicity and therefore adopted across almost every domain in science and computer engineering. Everything from microcontrollers, operating systems, language interpreters, text editors, network drivers and utilities are written in C. In addition, many beginners opt to learn C as their first programming language because of its straightforwardness in comparison to other languages. It is a procedural language which means that it has less options and is therefore much easier to grasp. As for C++, it is able to override the complexity of 3D games, optimize resource management and facilitate multiplayer with networking. This is the reason that C++ is widely used among video game and app developers.
The ubiquity and versatility of the C and C++ mean that they are essential languages to learn among those wishing to pursue a career in computer science.