The way I think of it, trying to learn computer science without learning C is like being a medieval scholar trying to learn medicine without first learning Latin: whether or not you *like* it doesn’t matter, because it’s simply the language everything has been written in since the 70s; while you can get by without learning any one specific minor language (read: pretty much everything but C is a minor language), no matter what language you prefer to write in you will need to be able to read C.

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