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Features of c

C can be thought of as a high level assembler

Designed for maximum processor speed
Safety a definite second
The system programming language
(Reasonably) portable
has a write only reputation

High level assembler:- Programmers coming to C form high level language like Pascal, etc, are usually surprised by how low
level C is. It does very little for you, if you want it done. It expects you to write the code yourself, C is really little more than
an assembler with a few high level features
(Processor) Speed comes 1st:- The reason C exists is to be fast the execution speed of program is everything to c , This does
not mean the development speed is high. In order to run you program as quickly as possible C throws away all the features that
makes program safe. Racing car without seat belts.
System Programming:-C is the systems programming language to use. Everything uses it Unix, windows NT.
Portability:-Assembler is not portable. A c program can be as portable as anything written in any other language.
Write only reputation:- C has a fearsome reputation as a write only language. It is possible to write code that is impossible to

History of C
Developed by Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie of AT&T Bell Labs in 1972.
In 1983 the American National Standards Institute began the standardization process
In 1989 the International Standards Organization continued the standardization process
In 1990 a standard was finalized, known simply as Standard C.
Everything before this is known as K&R C

They used to play as asteroids game on the mainframe, unfortunately the performance of the machine left a lot to be desired,
thy found they did not have sufficient control over the spaceship. They were usually destroyed quickly by passing asteroids.
Taking this rather personally they decided to re implement the game on a DEC PDP-7 which was sitting idle in the office. PDP-
7 has no OS. Thus they set about writing one. Some time later they decided to port it to a PDP-11. this was a mammoth task
since everything was hand-crafted in assembler. The decision was made to re-code the OS in high-level language so it would be
more portable between different types of machine. All that would be necessary would be to implement a compiler on each new
machine, then compile the OS. Language chosen is B. B is a word oriented language ideally suited to the PDP-7 but its facilities
were not powerful enough to take advantage of the PDP-11 instruction set, Thus a new language C was invented .

A C Program
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

#include <stdio.h>
int main(void)
printf(Welcome to the Course\n);
return 0;

#include The #include directive instructs the C Preprocessor to find the text file stdio.h . means standard input and output
and the .h means its is a header file rather then a C source file which have the .c suffix
comments are placed within /*and */
main the main function is most important. This defines the point at which program starts to execute.

Braces C uses the brace character { to mean begin and } to mean end. Easier to type and read
Printf standard way to producing output. The function is defined within the Standard library
\n C handles new lines. When printed it causes the cursor to move to the start of the next line.
Return retune cause the value here 0 to be passed back to the operating system How the OS handles this information is up to it.
Dos for instance store it in the ERRORLEVEL variable. The UNIX Bourne and Korn shells store it in temporary variable $? .
Tradition says that 0 means success. A value of 123 etc indicates failure. All OS support values up to 255.to 65535 ,

The Format of C
Statement are terminated with semicolons.
Indentation is ignored by the compiler
C is case sensitive-all keywords and standard library functions are lowercase.
Strings are placed in double quotes
Newlines are handled via \n.
Programs are capable of flagging success or error

Another Example

int main(void)
int a,b;
printf(enter two number);
scanf(%I %i,&a,&b);
return 0;

In computer programming, you need two things: data (variables) and instructions (code or
functions). Variables are the basic building blocks of a program. Instructions tell the computer
what to do with the variables.

Variables must be declared before use immediately after {.

Valid character are letters,digits and
First character cannot be a digit.
31 characters recongnised for local variables .
some implementations recongnise only 6 characters in global variables
Upper and lower case letters are distinct.

Printf and scanf

Printf writes integer values to screen when %I is used
Scanf reads integer values form the keyboard when %I is used
& very important with scanf.
& not necessary with printf because current value of parameter is used

&:- is very important it allows to change the variable in question the & allows the variable to be change

Integer types in C
C supports different kinds of integers.
Maxima and minima defined in limits.h

Type format byte

Char %c 1
Signed char %c 1
Unsigned char %c 1
Short %hi 2
Unsigned short%hu 2
Int %I 2 to 4
Unsigned int %u 2 to 4
Long %li 4
Unsigned ling %lu 4

Limits.h :- standard header file. Contains the definition of a number of constants giving the maximum and minimum sizes of
the various kinds of integers.
Different Integers:- the words short and long reflect the amount of memory allocated.
Unsigned:- keyword caused all the available bits to be used to store the number rather than setting aside the top bit for the sign.
This means an unsigned greatest value may be twice as large as that of an int. One unsigned is used negative numbers cannot be
stored obly zero and positive ones.
%hi:-th h by the way is supposed to stand for half since a short is sometimes half the size of an int

Integer example
#include <stdio.h>
int main(void)
unsigned long big=ULONG_MAX;
printf(minimum int=%i,INT_MIN);
printf(max int = %I\n,INT_MAX);
printf(max unsigned=%u\n,UINT_MAX);
printf(max long int=%li\n,LONG_MAX);
printf(max unsigned long=%lu\n,big);
return 0;

Character example
int main(void)
char lower_a=a;
char lower_m=m;
printf(mini char=%I,,CHAR_MIN);
printf(max char=%i,CHAR_MAX);
printf(after %c comes %c \n,lower_a,lower_a+1);
printf(uppercase is %c\n,lower_m-a+A);
return 0;

char:- c has the char data type for dealing with characters. Characters values are formatted by placing the required value in
single quotes. ASCII value of lowercase a 97 into the variable , when this value of 97 is printed using %c it is converted back
into lowercase a.

char may be printed using %I this do not works with other types

Integers with different bases

It is possible to work in octal and hexadecimal

Int main(void)
int dec=20,oct=020,hex=0x20;
printf(dec=%d, oct=%d, hex=%d\n,dec,oct,hex);
printf(dec=%d, oct=%o, hex=%x\n,dec,oct,hex);
return 0;

C does not require you to work in decimal all the time. May use octal or hexadecimal numbers. may even mix them together.
Specifying octal constant is done by placing a leading zero places the compiler in octal mode.
Specifying zero followed by x places the compiler into hexadecimal mode.
%d-causes an integer to be printed in decimal notation equivalent to %i.
%o-causes an integer to be printed in octal notation.

%x-causes an integer to be printed in hexadecimal notation. Abcdef are used
%X- ABCDEF are used

Real Types in C
C supports different kinds of reals
Maxima and minima are defined in float.h

Type format byte

Float %f%e%g 4
Double %lf%le%lg 8
Long double %Lf%Le%Lg 10

Float.h This is file contains only constants relating to c floating point type
Float This is the smallest and least accurate of c floating point data types. Nonetheless it is still good for around 6 decimal
places of accuracy
Double this is mid-sized floating point data type.calculations using double are slower then those using float but more accurate
good around 12 decimal places
Long double this is largest floating point data type. A long double can be good for around 18 decimal places


Like a variable, a constant is a data storage location used by your program. Unlike a variable, the
value stored in a constant can't be changed during program execution. C has two types of
constants, each with its own specific uses.
A literal constant is a value that is typed directly into the source code wherever it is needed.
int count = 20;

A symbolic constant is a constant that is represented by a name (symbol) in your program. Like a
literal constant, a symbolic constant can't change
circumference = PI * (2 * radius);
area = PI * (radius)*(radius);

Preprocessor Constants

Named constants may also be created using the preprocessor

Needs to be search and replace mode
Historically these constants consist of capital letters

It is non interactive editor which has been placed on the front of the compiler. Thus
the compiler never sees the code you type, only the output of preprocessor. This
handles the #include directives by physically inserting the named file into what the
compiler will eventually see.
As the preprocessor is an editor, it can perform search and replace. To put it in
this mode the #define command is used

A program that demonstrates the use of variables and constants.

1: /* Demonstrates variables and constants */

2: #include <stdio.h>

4: /* Define a constant to convert from pounds to grams */
5: #define GRAMS_PER_POUND 454
7: /* Define a constant for the start of the next century */
8: const int NEXT_CENTURY = 2000;
10: /* Declare the needed variables */
11: long weight_in_grams, weight_in_pounds;
12 int year_of_birth, age_in_2000;
14: main()
15: {
16: /* Input data from user */
18: printf("Enter your weight in pounds: ");
19: scanf("%d", &weight_in_pounds);
20: printf("Enter your year of birth: ");
21: scanf("%d", &year_of_birth);
23: /* Perform conversions */
25: weight_in_grams = weight_in_pounds * GRAMS_PER_POUND;
26: age_in_2000 = NEXT_CENTURY - year_of_birth;
28: /* Display results on the screen */
30: printf("\nYour weight in grams = %ld", weight_in_grams);
31: printf("\nIn 2000 you will be %d years old\n", age_in_2000);
33: return 0;
34: }
Enter your weight in pounds: 175
Enter your year of birth: 1960
Your weight in grams = 79450
In 2000 you will be 40 years old

Take care with printf and scanf

One of the most common mistakes is to use the wrong format specifies to printf and scanf. The compiler
does not usually check to see if these are correct as long as there are double quotes at the start and end .

K & R C vs standard C
Main printf
Interger types
Real types
Named constants
Preprocessor constants
Take care with printf and scanf


1. Write a program in a file called max.c which prints the maximum and minimum values of an
integer . use this to determine whether compiler uses 16 or 32 bit integers
2. Write a program in a file called area.c, which reads a real number representing the radius of a
circle. The program will then print out the area of the circle using the formula area =II r2
3. Cut and paste your area code into circumf.c and modify it to print the circumference using the
formula circum=2II r
4. Write a program case.h, which reads an upper case character from the keyboard and prints it out in
lower case.