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Cyclone is a programming language designed as a safe C alternative for systems programming. It provides automatic memory management without sacrificing the low-level control of C. The language uses region-based allocation, which can guarantee memory safety at compile time without needing garbage collection or runtime checks on pointers. Cyclone’s syntax and semantics are closely aligned with ANSI C to make it familiar to developers already experienced with C and allows interoperability between both languages in the same application. Cyclone was developed by researchers at AT&T Labs, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania as part of their effort to improve software security by reducing vulnerabilities like buffer overflows and dangling pointers that are common in traditional C programs.

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