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What Is C For?

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Lots of things could be done to improve C. But the standards body has to work hard to avoid the trap of trying to turn C into a high-level language. A lot of good high-level languages are out there, but only one good cross-platform assembly language. Improvements to the specification must remember the reason that C exists—to implement UNIX in a portable way—and avoid the temptation to add features that belong in languages built on top of C.

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