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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


We have explored the simplest way to provide input to our programs via the command line. We first specified how the main() function can receive arguments that contain the count and values of arguments given to the program. We saw how argc and argv are related and how to access each argv string. A simple program to print out arguments given to it was provided for further experimentation. We noted how all arguments are passed into main() as strings. Once we access those arguments, we can perform further processing on them to alter the behavior of our program. Finally, a very simple command-line processor was provided to demonstrate the use of the getopts_long()C Standard Library function.

In the next chapter, we will explore a more comprehensive way to receive input from the user while a program is running. Just as printf() writes formatted data from program variables to the console (screen), the scanf() function reads and formats data from the console (keyboard...