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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

Introducing statements

Statements in C are the basic building blocks of programs; each statement forms a complete unit of computational logic. There are many types of statements and they are made up of a wide variety of elements:

  • Simple statements: End with ;. return 0; is a simple statement.
  • Block statements: Begin with { and end with }. They contain and group other statements. Here, we represent them as { … }, where represents one or more statements of any type of valid statement.
  • Complex statements: On the other hand, these consist of a keyword and one or more block statements. main(){…} is a complex statement; it has the main keyword and other pre-defined elements, including a block statement. Complex statements include functions (which are covered in this chapter), control statements (covered in Chapter 6, Exploring Conditional Program Flow), and looping statements (covered in Chapter 7, Exploring Loops and Iteration...