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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 learned how to allocate, release, and manipulate dynamic memory. We learned about some special considerations to take into account when employing dynamic memory, such as memory management and avoidance of memory leaks. To put our knowledge into practice, we implemented a singly-linked list, which can add and remove list nodes to either the front or back of the list. We learned from this that data structures, as well as performing operations on those data structures, can allow us to create very powerful tools. Consequently, our implementation can be reused for any kind of data wherever needed. In doing so, we have gotten an introduction to the power and flexibility of dynamic data structures.

We also employed another flexible mechanism – pointers to functions – and saw how to pass that pointer to another function, as well as call a function using that pointer. Lastly, we got a brief overview of other important dynamic data structures...