The C Programming language was invented at Bell Labs by Dennis Ritchie in the 1970s. It became a staple for UNIX programming, and its syntax has served as a model for numerous subsequent programming & scripting languages. In the late 1980s many attempts were made to make C an Object-Oriented language. JAVA and Objective C remain from these attempts but C++ won out. C++ is still very widely used in application programming, and all major operating systems now offer C++ compilers. The following are resources for learning C/C++.
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