Getting Started with the C Language

by Giovanni Dicanio

This course will teach you in a practical way, with a combination of slides and demo code, the basic aspects of the C programming language and tools, so that you can be productive with the C language, and be able to write beginning applications in C.

What you'll learn

In this course, “Getting Started with the C Language,” you’ll learn how to write quality C code and start developing applications using the C language. First, you’ll explore the basic structure of a C console application, learn the role of the C compiler, and how to build your C code from both the command line and using an IDE (VS Code). Next, you’ll discover how to define variables in C and how to perform basic I/O. Then, you’ll learn the syntax for basic decision making in C, and how to write loops using while, do/while and for statements. Finally, you’ll learn how to write your own functions in C and how to call them, including parameter passing by value vs. by reference (using pointers. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to be productive with the C language and to start developing beginning applications in C, and you’ll be ready to study more advanced aspects of the language with follow-up courses.

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About the author

Giovanni Dicanio is a computer programmer specialized in both cross-platform C and C++, and Windows operating system development. Giovanni wrote computer programming articles on C++, OpenGL and other programming subjects on Italian computer magazines. He recently authored some C++ feature articles for MSDN Magazine, too. He contributed code to some open-source projects as well. His computer programming experience dates back to the glorious Commodore 64 and Amiga 500 golden days, with Basic and a... more

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