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Learn C Programming - Second Edition

By : Jeff Szuhay
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Learn C Programming - Second Edition

By: Jeff Szuhay

Overview of this book

The foundation for many modern programming languages such as C++, C#, JavaScript, and Go, C is widely used as a system programming language as well as for embedded systems and high-performance computing. With this book, you'll be able to get up to speed with C in no time. The book takes you through basic programming concepts and shows you how to implement them in the C programming language. Throughout the book, you’ll create and run programs that demonstrate essential C concepts, such as program structure with functions, control structures such as loops and conditional statements, and complex data structures. As you make progress, you’ll get to grips with in-code documentation, testing, and validation methods. This new edition expands upon the use of enumerations, arrays, and additional C features, and provides two working programs based on the code used in the book. What's more, this book uses the method of intentional failure, where you'll develop a working program and then purposely break it to see what happens, thereby learning how to recognize possible mistakes when they happen. By the end of this C programming book, you’ll have developed basic programming skills in C that can be easily applied to other programming languages and have gained a solid foundation for you to build on as a programmer.
Table of Contents (37 chapters)
Part 1: C Fundamentals
Part 2: Complex Data Types
Part 3: Memory Manipulation
Part 4: Input and Output
Part 5: Building Blocks for Larger Programs

The Better String Library (Bstrlib)

Here is the introduction to Bstrlib taken from its document file:

“The bstring library is an attempt to provide improved string processing functionality to the C and C++ language. At the heart of the bstring library (Bstrlib for short) is the management of “bstring”s which are a significant improvement over ‘\0’ terminated char buffers.”

The full documentation can be found at The documentation is thorough in providing motivation and seems to be complete in that it describes every function and its possible side effects, if any. If you decide to incorporate this library into your programs, I strongly suggest you read and study this document. In this brief introduction to Bstrlib, we will focus entirely on the C functions of the library, not the C++ functions.

The Bstrlib home page can be found at