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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

A note about IDEs

On many OS, the compiler is installed as a part of an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for that OS. An IDE consists of a set of programs needed to create, build, and test programs for that OS. It manages one or more files associated with a program, has its own integrated text editor, can invoke the compiler and present its results, and can execute the compiled program. The programmer typically never leaves this environment while developing. The IDE often streamlines the production of a standalone working program.

There are many such IDEs – Microsoft's Windows-only Visual Studio, Microsoft's multi-platform Visual Studio Code, Apple's Xcode for macOS and other Apple hardware platforms, Eclipse Foundation's Eclipse, and Oracle's Netbeans, to name a few. Each of these IDEs is able to develop programs in a variety of languages. Nearly all of the programs used in this book were developed using a simple IDE named CodeRunner for macOS.

We willnotuse an IDE for learning C. In fact, at this stage of your learning, it is not advisedfor several reasons. First, learning and using an IDE can be a daunting learning task in and of itself. This task can and should be put off until you have more experience with each of the individual parts of the program development cycle. IDEs, while they have common functions, are sometimes implemented in vastly different ways with far too many different features to explore. Learn C first; you can learn an IDE for your desiredenvironmentlater.