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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 function identifiers

So, main() is a function just like any other function. However, it does have some significant differences—the mainfunction identifier is reserved. The signature for it is also pre-defined in two specific ways. You cannot name any other function in your programmain. Your program can never call main itself;maincan only be called by the system.

Function identifiers should be descriptive of their purpose. You would expect the function named printGreeting() to print a greeting, as its name implies. Likewise, you would expect a function named printWord() to print a single word. Naming functions to match their purpose is a good programming practice. Naming functions any other way, say Moe(), Larry(), and Curly(), gives no real indication of what they do, even if somehow in your conception these three functions are related; this would be considered very bad programming practice.

Function identifiers are case sensitive. This meansmain...