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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

Special considerations for dynamic allocation

Dynamic memory allocation does not come without a cost. In this case, the cost is typically conceptual complexity. This cost also takes the form of added management of heap memory and awareness of the pitfalls of potential memory leaks.

To be honest, I should add that it may take some time to get your head around some of these concepts. For me, some of them took me quite a while to grasp. The best way, I've found, is to take a working program and alter it, see how it behaves, and then understand why it did what it did. Assume nothing. Or, start with a minimal working program that uses the mind-bending feature and then build upon it. Interact with your code; play with it. No matter how you do it, you can't just think about it. You have to twist, poke, prod, and cajole your code until you understand what it is doing. Otherwise, it is just guesswork.