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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
Exploring Formatted Input

Using console command-line arguments to get string input into our running programs is often handy, but not very useful if we want to read lots of values of any data type while our program is running. To do that, we need to explore how to use formatted input. Formatted input is the opposite end of the pipe, so to speak, to formatted output. Just like we can use formatted output with print(), various value formats can be easily read to the console by using scanf(). Both of these functions do the heavy lifting of converting values into desired output strings or, conversely, converting input character strings into desired values.

To understand input formatting, we will need to first understand the concept of streams. We will then use the technique of experimentation, or more specifically, trial and observation, to discover and verify our understanding of how C input streams operate. We will later...