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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

File processing

Many books have been written about the myriad data file formats that are out there. These include graphics file formats, audio file formats, video formats, and data file formats for various database files and well-known application program files, such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Often custom file formats are closely guarded company secrets or, if not secret, are only documented in the source code that manipulates them.

Along with data file formats, there are nearly as many file processing techniques—far too many to be given even a cursory overview in a beginning C programming book. File processing techniques are generally divided into sequential-access and random-access files but this is an oversimplification. Within each of these categories, there can be many variations of how they are internally organized and subsequently processed. Furthermore, in some cases, complex computer programs may open more input and output files as they run...