C Features and Limitations

C Features and Limitations: In this article, you will be getting a clear idea regarding the features and limitations of C.



  • Programs which are written in C language are easy and fast.
  • C is a collection of library functions, even if the user wants to create functions they can create and add it to the library. 

Features of C programming Language

  • C is easily extensible.
  • It is a robust language with a rich set of built-in functions and operators. C is highly portable, programs once written in C can be run on other machines with some minor changes.
  •  It is a robust language with a rich set of built-in functions and operators that can be used to write any complex program.

Limitations of C Language

  • C compilers only identify errors and are incapable of handling exceptions.
  • It doesn’t provide protection. It also doesn’t feature re-usability of source code extensively.
  • The process of debugging is difficult. And doesn’t provide strict data type checking. (i.e. integer data type can   be passed for floating datatype)
  • It uses ASCII character set which is only able to support 256 characters because it uses 1-byte to represent a character.
  • It is unable to support some languages like Chinese, Japanese that have more than 256 characters.

Advantages and Disadvantages of C Programming Language

Features are somewhat similar to advantages. SO, we are providing in detail regarding the features and limitations of C as follows:

Advantages of C Language

  • It was the building block for many other languages.
  • Programs written in C are highly portable
  • C programs are collections of library functions and it’s also easy to add own functions to the C library.
  • The modular structure makes the code debugging, maintenance and testing easier.
  • There are several standard built-in functions present to develop programs 

Disadvantages of C Language

  • C doesn’t provide the OOPs concept.
  • It doesn’t provide binding or wrapping up of data as a single unit.
  • C doesn’t provide constructor and Destructor.
  • There are no concepts of Namespaces in C.