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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 once again demonstrated the importance of developing a complex program in a stepwise manner from simpler yet operational programs. Here, we took the program from Chapter 22, Working with Files, and built upon it to create a template program, getoptFiles.c. We saw that getoptFiles.c can read from either stdin or a file and can write to either stdout or another file. We then built upon getoptFiles.c, which did little else than open streams, to read lines of text representing names and output those lines as they were read. In the process of doing that, we learned about the subtleties of the fgets() and fputs() functions and how to use them to our advantage by wrapping each in a more capable function of our own.

Lastly, we took the concepts of sorted names from Chapter 22,Working with Files, and applied them to files using dynamic memory structures to accommodate large and unknown numbers of data elements in sortNames.c. There are many concepts...