Charles Deluvio
January 25, 2022
C vs C++ vs C#
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Have you encountered these programming languages and wondered why they have such similar names ? Well this article is a small introduction to explain what these 3 languages are all about.


Invented in 1972 by Dennis Ritchie and published in 1978

C is a procedural language with the lowest level of abstraction, which means that it is as efficient as assembly code. It allows developers to access and manage memory directly. C compiles programs into machine code and can be used on any platform.

It is still the most widely used programming language of all time.


Created by Bjarne Stroustrup 1985

C++ was developed to be an extension of C, to enhance its capabilities and add object-oriented programming capabilities. It is therefore considered an intermediate level programming language.

Like C, C++ compiles to machine code, you can use it on any platform and you have to manage the memory manually. But unlike C, C++ is strongly typed.

Performance is comparable to C.


Created by a team at Microsoft led by Anders Hejlsberg in 2002 C# (pronounced C sharp) was also created as an extension of C, in the .NET Framework. It has a high-level of abstraction and object-oriented programming abilities.

You can also use C# on any platform, but it is rarely used outside of Windows.

Unlike C and C++, you don't have to manage memory manually, C# uses a technology called Garbage collection to manage this. And C# compiles in byte-code, rather than machine code.


While learning C is a good thing because you will know the very basis of programming, it will be pretty difficult to master it. C++ and C# are much more modern and accessible.

They are still very popular, C and C++ seem to be slightly more appreciated than C#. You won't make a mistake choosing one over the other.


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