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Discussion on: Is C still a high level language?

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There is no such thing as objectively high-level or low-level. Every language sits uppon a spectrum of abstraction levels. You could even say that CISC assemblies are higher level than RISC assemblies. C is the language that sits just over assemblies and intermediate representations (IRs) and below other compiled languages, like C#, Java, Go, JS, Python, etc. To me, it's supposed to be the language you'd use when another compiled language would create performance issues, but the project is too big to just write it all in assembly.