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Zig is a general-purpose programming language. It was created by Andrew Kelley and designed to be a better C. Zig's syntax and semantics aim to improve upon those of C, providing more safety without sacrificing performance. The language supports compile-time evaluation, allowing for execution of code at compile time to perform tasks that would normally be done with external tools or scripts. Zig can also interact closely with the underlying hardware due to its low-level nature without relying on a garbage collector or virtual machine runtime environment.