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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


In this chapter, we used the concepts introduced in two earlier chapters, Chapter 11, Working with Arrays, and Chapter 13, Using Pointers, to learn how array names and pointers are related and interchangeable.

We have seen various memory layouts of arrays and pointers and used pointers in various ways to access and traverse arrays, both directly and via function parameters. We also have seen how pointer arithmetic pertains to elements of the array and is a bit different to integer arithmetic. We learned about some of the similarities and differences between a two-dimensional array (a contiguous block of elements) and an array of pointers to sub-arrays (a collection of scattered arrays indexed by a single array of pointers). Finally, we looked at a set of simple programs that illustrate as well as prove the concepts we have learned.

Having explored arrays and pointers and their interrelationship, we are now ready to put all of these concepts to good use...