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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
Understanding Scope

In every program we have created thus far, functions have been available—which means callable—from everywhere else within the program. Even in the multi-file program of Chapter 24, Working with Multi-File Programs, every function in every file is available/callable from within every other file. This is not always appropriate, nor is it desirable. Likewise, some variables should only be accessed from within specific functions, or for use within a specific group of functions.

There are many instances where it is appropriate to limit the availability of a function or the accessibility of a variable. For instance, some functions may operate on a given structure and should only ever be called by other functions that also operate on that structure; these functions would never be called by any other functions. Similarly, we might want a value to be accessible to all functions within a program...