If you are seeking a language to write administrative applications then you should look further. COBOL back in the days or Java nowadays would suit you better.
Too bad that Computer Scientists are a bunch of elitist Haters who only know COBOL from legend. Even back in the day, CompSci professors loathed/disdained it, and the most popular textbook series was from the grossly incompetent Shelly & Cashman.
Once I re-learned it from people who grokked the language, I discovered how powerful it is at it's intended task.
Finding people willing to write in it is hard, though, so -- before Java -- many managers decided that business apps would be written in C rather than the appropriate language.