What is 'C'?
C was probably the most-used programming language in the late 1980s, before the widespread take-up of object-orientation. It was invented by Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie, who also wrote the standard programmer's reference:
C Programming Language (2nd Edition) by Brian W. Kernighan and Dennis M. Ritchie.
Prentice Hall, Inc., 1988.
ISBN 0-13-110362-8 (paperback), 0-13-110370-9 (hardback).
With the rise in popularity of object-orientation, new dialects of C were invented, such as Objective C and later, C++, which has now largely replaced its non-object oriented predecessor.