Get started with writing simple programs in C while learning the skills that will help you work with practically any programming language
Learn essential C concepts such as variables, data structures, functions, loops, and pointers
Get to grips with the core programming aspects that form the base of many modern programming languages
Explore the expressiveness and versatility of the C language with the help of sample programs
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.
What you will learn
Understand fundamental programming concepts and implement them in C
Write working programs with an emphasis on code indentation and readability
Break existing programs intentionally and learn how to debug code
Adopt good coding practices and develop a clean coding style
Explore general programming concepts that are applicable to more advanced projects
Discover how you can use building blocks to make more complex and interesting programs
Use C Standard Library functions and understand why doing this is desirable
Who this book is for
This book is written for two very diverse audiences.
If you're an absolute beginner who only has basic familiarity with operating a computer, this book will help you learn the most fundamental concepts and practices you need to know to become a successful C programmer.
If you're an experienced programmer, you'll find the full range of C syntax as well as common C idioms. You can skim through the explanations and focus primarily on the source code provided.
Table of Contents
Running "Hello, World!"
Understanding Program Structure
Working with Basic Data Types
Using Variables and Assignment
Exploring Operators and Expressions
Exploring Conditional Program Flow
Exploring Loops and Iteration
Creating and Using Enumerations
Creating and Using Data Structures
Creating Custom Data Types With Typedef
Working with Arrays
Working with Multi-dimensional Arrays
Understand Arrays and Pointers
Working with Strings
Creating and Using More Complex Structures
Understanding Memory Allocation and Lifetime.
Using Dynamic Memory Allocation
Exploring Formatted Output
Getting Input From the Command Line
Exploring Formatted Input
Working with files
Using File Input and File Output
Working with Multi-File Programs