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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 functions

Functions are callable segments of program code that perform one or more statements of related computational work. Functions group statements into a cohesive set of instructions that perform a specific, complex task. This may comprise a single statement, only a few statements, or many statements. Functions can also call other functions. Functions, made up of one or more statements, are the next, higher-up, more-complex units of program composition. Statements make functions; functions make programs. Indeed, main() is a function made of statements and other functions.

The process of writing programs—or rather, solving a given problem—with a computer program is primarily the task of breaking the problem down into smaller pieces—into functions—and focusing on the work to be done in each smaller piece. When we break a problem down into smaller parts, we can more easily see the essence of the problem. We can focus our attention...