At least for the people who send me mail about a new language that they're designing, the general advice is: do it to learn about how to write a compiler
The only way to learn a new programming language is by writing programs in it.
A language that doesn't have everything is actually easier to program in than some that do
I can't recall any difficulty in making the C language definition completely open - any discussion on the matter tended to mention languages whose inventors tried to keep tight control, and consequent ill fate
I'm still uncertain about the language declaration syntax...
C is declining somewhat in usage compared to C++, and maybe Java, but perhaps even more compared to higher-level scripting languages. It's still fairly strong for the basic system-type things.
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