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Learn C Programming

By : Jeff Szuhay
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Learn C Programming

By: Jeff Szuhay

Overview of this book

C is a powerful general-purpose programming language that is excellent for beginners to learn. This book will introduce you to computer programming and software development using C. If you're an experienced developer, this book will help you to become familiar with the C programming language. This C programming book takes you through basic programming concepts and shows you how to implement them in C. Throughout the book, you'll create and run programs that make use of one or more C concepts, such as program structure with functions, data types, and conditional statements. You'll also see how to use looping and iteration, arrays, pointers, and strings. As you make progress, you'll cover code documentation, testing and validation methods, basic input/output, and how to write complete programs in C. By the end of the book, you'll have developed basic programming skills in C, that you can apply to other programming languages and will develop a solid foundation for you to advance as a programmer.
Table of Contents (33 chapters)
Section 1: C Fundamentals
Section 2: Complex Data Types
Section 3: Memory Manipulation
Section 4: Input and Output
Section 5: Building Blocks for Larger Programs

Structures of structures

A structure can contain components of any type, even other structures.

Let's say we want to represent a hand of five cards. We'll define a structure that contains five struct Cards, as follows:

struct Hand {
int cardsDealt;
struct Card c1;
struct Card c2;
struct Card c3;
struct Card c4;
struct Card c5;

We could have just as easily written this as follows:

struct Hand {
int cardsDealt;
struct Card c1, c2, c3, c4, c5;

Both definitions are functionally identical. Do you see how this is similar to how variables of the same type were declared in Chapter 4, Using Variables and Assignment? As you work with C more and more, you will begin to see patterns being used repeatedly throughout the language. These repeated patterns make the language concise, consistent (for the most part), and easier to understand.

As we shall see in Chapter 16, Creating and Using More Complex Structures, there is a...