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Learn C Programming

By : Jeff Szuhay
Book Image

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


An enumerated type is a set of named values. Most of the time, the values are not significant, but items that are in the set itself add meaning to the type. We can use enumerated types to create natural collections or groups of values, as we have seen with card suits and shapes. The switch statement is ideally suited to select and process items within an enumerated type.

An enumerated type, unfortunately, doesn't provide everything we might need to model the real world. For instance, in a deck of cards, each card has both a suit and a face value, two different enumerations. To combine them into a single card object that represents reality more closely, we need another custom data type—structures. We will explore these in the next chapter.