C is the native language of Unix. It has come to dominate systems programming in the computer industry.
Work on the first official C standard began in 1983. The major functional additions to the language were settled by the end of 1986, at which point it became common for programmers to distinguish between "K&R C" and ANSI C.
One good reason to learn C, even if your programming needs are satisfied by a higher-level language, is that it can help you learn to think at hardware-architecture level. For notes specific to the Plan9's C compiler, see Plan9 C.
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