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Advanced C

Course Summary

This course is designed to empower participants with practical expertise in advanced C programming. Covering topics like memory management, multithreading, networking, and optimization, this course equips learners to create efficient and robust C applications. Through hands-on exercises and real-world examples, participants will learn how to design complex data structures, manage memory effectively, and optimize code for better performance, all while focusing on practical application and industry-relevant knowledge.

Gain practical expertise in advanced C programming.
Basic proficiency in C programming, including understanding data types, loops, and functions.
Familiarity with programming concepts like variables and control flow.
Experience with a C development environment and a compiler.
Basic knowledge of Linux/Unix command-line interface is a plus.

Skill level
Lecture | Hands-on Activities
5 days
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Learning objectives
  • Design advanced data structures and algorithms in C for efficient code.
  • Manage memory effectively, preventing memory leaks.
  • Develop multithreaded applications using POSIX Threads.
  • Debug and optimize C code using tools like GDB.
  • Create networked applications and implement interprocess communication.

What you'll learn:

In this course, you'll learn:
  • C Fundamentals
    • Review of Basic C Concepts
    • Number Systems: Decimal, Binary, and Hexadecimal
    • Bitwise Operators and Their Applications
    • C Data Types and Storage Classes
      • Automatic, Static, Volatile, and Register Variables
      • Advanced Variable Declarations and Initialization
    • Designing Effective C Header Files
    • Advanced Memory Layout and Memory Segmentation
    • Advanced Data Structures and Pointers
      • Advanced Standard Library Usage
      • Working with Linked Lists, Queues, and Stacks
    • Handling Trees and Graphs
    • Unions vs. Structures
    • Handling Strings and Character Arrays
    • Complex Data Structures and Nested Pointers
    • Understanding Automatic, Static, Volatile, and Pointer Variables
    • Exploring Double Pointers and Their Uses
    • Leveraging 'const' for Code Safety and Optimization
    • Function Pointers and Their Practical Applications
  • Advanced Memory Management and Optimization
  • Memory Allocation Strategies
    • Malloc, calloc, realloc, and free
      • Memory Leak Detection and Prevention
      • Garbage Collection in C
      • Comparing Unions and Structures for Data Organization
    • In-Depth Study of the Standard Library (stdlib)
    • Dynamic Memory Allocation in C
    • Variable-Length Arrays and Their Benefits
    • Flexible Array Members and Data Structures
    • Efficient Data Packing with Bit Fields
    • Advanced Memory Optimization Techniques
  • Advanced Control Flow and Flow Control
    • Advanced Control Flow Techniques
      • Recursion and Recursive Functions
      • State Machines and Finite State Automata
    • Macros vs. Inline Functions
    • Exception Handling with 'setjmp' and 'longjmp'
    • Advanced Flow Control: goto and labeled statements
    • Complex Conditional Statements and Loops
    • Variable argument lists: va_start, va_arg, va_end, va_copy
  • Compilation, Debugging, and Profiling
    • Understanding the GCC Compiler
      • Compiler Flags, Cross-Compilation, and Platform Considerations
      • Preprocessor Directives and Macros
    • Makefiles and Build Automation
    • Compiler Optimizations
      • Loop Optimization, Inlining, and Vectorization
      • Code Profiling and Performance Analysis
    • Static Analysis Tools
      • Code Linters, Analyzers, and Metrics
    • Advanced Debugging Techniques
      • GDB Tips and Tricks
      • Conditional Breakpoints and Watchpoints
    • Generating and Analyzing Core Dumps
  • Working with Libraries and Plugin Development
    • Static Libraries
      • Creating, Linking, and Versioning
    • Dynamic Libraries
      • Dynamic Loading and Loading Libraries at Runtime
      • Writing Plugins with Dynamic Loading
    • Shared Objects and DLLs
    • Extending Applications with Plugins
    • Interfacing with Third-Party Libraries
  • Multithreading and Concurrency
    • Multithreading with pthread (POSIX Threads)
    • Thread Synchronization Techniques
      • Mutexes, Condition Variables, Semaphores, and Barriers
    • Thread Safety and Data Race Detection
    • Advanced Multithreading Patterns and Pitfalls
    • Parallel Programming Concepts and Parallel Algorithms
  • Process Communication and Management
    • Interprocess Communication (IPC) Mechanisms
      • Pipes, FIFOs, Message Queues, and Shared Memory
    • Understanding Processes and Their Life Cycle
    • Forking Processes
      • Advanced Forking Techniques and Daemonization
    • Coordinating Processes with Signal Handlers
    • Process and Resource Management
    • Process Monitoring and Debugging
  • Networking and Web Programming in C
    • Socket Programming in Depth
    • Handling Multiple Clients Concurrently
    • Building Servers and Clients
    • Network Protocols and Protocol Buffers
    • Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Integration
    • Web Programming with C (e.g., CGI and Web APIs)
    • Network Security Considerations

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