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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

Incremental operators

C provides even shorter shorthand (shortest shorthand?) operators that make the code even smaller and clearer. These are the autoincrement and autodecrement operators.

Writing the counter = counter + 1;statement is equivalent to a shorter version, counter += 1;, as we have already learned. However, this simple expression happens so often, especially when incrementing or decrementing a counter or index, that there is an even shorter shorthand way to do it. For this, there is the unary increment operator of counter++; or ++counter;.

In each case, the result of the statement is that the value of the counter has been incremented by one.

Here are the unary operators:

  • ++ autoincrement by 1, prefix or postfix
  • -- autodecrement by 1, prefix or postfix