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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
Understanding Arrays and Pointers

C pointers and arrays are closely related; so closely, in fact, that they are often interchangeable! However, this does not mean pointers and arrays are identical. We will explore this relationship and why we might want to use either array notation or pointer notation to access array elements.

Having read two previous chapters, Chapter 11, Working with Arrays, and Chapter 13, Using Pointers, is essential to understanding the concepts presented here. Please do not skip those chapters before reading this one.

The following topics will be covered in this chapter:

  • Reviewing the memory layout of arrays
  • Understanding the relationship between array names and pointers
  • Using pointers in various ways to access and traverse arrays
  • Expanding the use of pointer arithmetic, specifically for array elements
  • Creating an array of pointers...