C Programming For Beginners

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The fastest, easiest way to learn to program C on a Mac or Windows. This course will teach you to program the C language from the ground up. You will learn everything from the very fundamentals of programming right through to the complexities of pointers, addresses, and File IO. Maybe you’ve tried to master C before but failed. Or maybe you are new to C or new to programming. If so, this is the course for you!

C is one of the most important of all programming languages. It is used to program desktop applications, compilers, tools and utilities and even hardware devices. The C language is fast and efficient – but it can be hard to learn. Unless you use this course. This course begins with a gentle introduction to C but quickly moves on to explain some of its most confusing features: everything from C’s ‘scoping’ rules to the curious connection between arrays and memory addresses. By the end of the course, you will have a deep understanding both of the C language itself and also of the underlying ‘architecture’ of your computer.

What you will learn:

  • The fundamentals of programming – from the ground up
  • How to program on a Mac or on Windows
  • The nitty-gritty details of the C language
  • Advanced topics such as memory allocation, the stack and heap, and binary file IO

Who should take the course?

  • Beginners – if you’ve never coded before, you can learn C step by step
  • Programmers switching to C from some other language such as Java, Ruby or Python
  • Cross-platform developers – there are C compilers for all major operating systems
  • Anyone who needs to program C++ or Objective-C. The C language is the place to start

What are the requirements?

  • A C compiler and code editor (both are available free)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Master C programming concepts from the ground up
  • Use the source code examples to learn step-by-step
  • Understand the special features of C: pointers, header files, null-terminated strings, buffers, IO
  • Videos explain everything in minute detail
  • Read the supplied eBook, The Little Book Of C, to explore the topics in even more depth
  • Test your understanding with end-of-section quizzes

Who is the target audience?

  • Newcomers to programming
  • Programmers of other languages who want a fast way to C
  • Anyone who needs to master C as a basis for using C++ or Objective-C

Take this course today and learn how to program C.

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Course Curriculum

Course Sections

Welcome To The Course

C Editors And IDEs

FAQ: Read This First!

Install CodeLite (Windows Or Mac)

Install A C Compiler On A Mac

Introduction To CodeLite

Programming C With NetBeans

Importing Projects Into NetBeans

Compiling C Programs At The System Prompt

Using Visual Studio

The Little Book Of C

C Source Code Archive

A First Program – Hello World

Arguments And Return Values

Passing Commandline Arguments To Your Program

How To Open A Command Prompt On Windows Or OS X



Variables And Types

Integers And Floating Point Numbers


More About Constants

Naming Conventions

Operators: Equality And Assignment

Operators: Tests And Comparisons

Compound Assignment Operators

Increment And Decrement Operators

If And Else Tests

Problems With Gets() And Fgets()

Input, Buffers And Flushing

My Own Line-Reading Function

Logical Operators



Switch Statements

Switch Statements In More Detail


Initializing Arrays

‘While’ Loops

‘Do..While’ Loops


Break And Continue

Multidimensional Arrays

Strings, Pointers And Addresses

Null-Terminated Strings

Char Arrays And Pointers

Arrays, Pointers And Assignment

Strings And Functions, Stack And Heap

String Functions

Char Functions

Chars And Strings




Header Files

A Custom Header File


Scope And External Files

Static Functions And Variables

Compiling From The Commandline

Opening And Closing Files

File Modes

Reading And Writing A Text File

Counting Lines In A Text File

Search In A Text File

Binary Files

Allocating And Freeing Memory

Types And Type Casts

Creating A CD Database

Saving And Loading Records In A Binary File

Adding Records To A Binary File

Modifying Records In A Binary File

And Finally…


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