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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

Who this book is for

When this book was conceived, it was intended for two very diverse audiences, the absolute programming beginner and the experienced programmer who wants to learn C. Each of these audiences has very different needs.

For the programming beginner, I have written this book as if I were sitting beside you, explaining the most important concepts and practices you need to know to become a successful C programmer. I have tried to explain every concept thoroughly and have reinforced each concept with a working program. The beginner should be familiar with the general operation of their computer; no other knowledge is assumed.

For the experienced programmer, I have presented the full range of C syntax as well as common C idioms. You may skim the explanations and focus primarily on the source code provided. The programs are intended to provide a reference to C syntax.

For both, there are over 100 working programs that demonstrate both the syntax of C as well as the flavor of C programming idioms – things that are common in C but not found in other languages. I have sprinkled in programming practices and techniques that have served me well in my nearly 35 years of experience.