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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 simple use of argc and argv

We can now explore command-line arguments with the following program:

#include <stdio.h>
int main(int argc, char *argv[] ) {

if( argc == 1 ){
printf( " No arguments given on command line.\n\n" );
printf( " usage: %s <argument1> <argument2> ... <argumentN>\n" ,
argv[0] );
return 0;

printf( "argument count = [%d]\n" , argc );
for( int i = 0 ; i < argc ; i++ ){
if( i == 0 )
printf( "executable = [%s]\n" , argv[i] );
printf( "argument %d = [%s]\n" , i , argv[i] );

This program first checks whether any arguments have been passed into main() via argv. If not, it prints a usage message and returns; otherwise, it iterates through argv, printing each argument on a line by itself.

Enter this program into a file called showArgs.c, save it, compile it, and run it with the following invocations: