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C Programming Overview

Manas Mukul


Compiling and Running a C program
Layout of the Program Memory
Static memory
Global Variables
Static Variables
Heap memory
allocated memory
Stack Memory
Auto variables
Program/ Text
First Simple Code in C
#include <stdio.h>
int main()
/* my first program in C */
printf("Hello, World! \n");
return 0;
Preprocessor command
Main function entry point
Comment in C ignored
while compilation
Built in Function with arguments
Main function return value
Tokens in C
A C program consists of various tokens and a
token is either a keyword, an identifier, a
constant, a string literal, or a symbol.
printf("Hello, World! \n");
"Hello, World! \n"
5 tokens
C Data Types
Basic Data Types
Integer and Float with different sizes
Enumerated Data Types
Arithmetic type with discrete integer values only
Void Data
Indicates no Value
Derived Data Types
Pointer Type, Array Type, Structure Type and Union Type
Basic Data Type
Data Type Size in Bytes
char 1
short 2
int 2 or 4
long 4
float 4
double 8
long double 10
To find the size use the sizeof(type) operator
The void type
The void type is used in three kinds of situation

Function Returns as void
Function arguments as void
Pointers to void generic pointers
Enumerated Data Type
Enumeration type allows programmer to define their own
data type . Keyword enum is used to defined enumerated
data type
#include <stdio.h>
enum color{ green, yellow, pink, blue, red};
int main()
enum color select;
return 0;
By default the
values starting from
0 will be assigned
to green, yellow,
pink, blue, red
Variables in C
A variable is a name given to a storage area that our programs can manipulate
The name of the variable is decided by the user along with the type of data it can hold
Variables declaration and definition can be done together
int d = 3, f = 5; /* initializing d and f. */
double pi = 3.14159; /* declares an approximation of pi. */
char x = 'x'; /* the variable x has the value 'x'. */
The scope or the time duration, a variable can exist is defined by the storage class
Programming Storage Class
Automatic Storage
Variables declared inside
the function body are
automatic by default.
These variable are also
known as local variables
as they are local to the
function and doesn't have
meaning outside that
External storage class
Global variables declared in
one file can be accessed in
another file. Have a greater
scope than global variables.
Register Storage class
They are similar to the
auto declared variables,
however they can be
accessed faster as they
are stored in the register.
Static storage class
Static variables exist for the
entire duration of the
program however they
cannot be accessed outside
the file.
Small Quiz What will be the output?
#include <stdio.h>
void Check();
int main()
void Check()
int c=0; printf("%d\t",c);
Output 1: 0 0 0
Constants and Literals
Constants and Literals are the
They are the fixed values that the
program may not alter during its

Constants in C can be defined in two ways
#define pre processor
const keyword
#include <stdio.h>
#define LENGTH 10
int main()
const int WIDTH = 5;
area = LENGTH * WIDTH;
printf("value of area : %d",
return 0;
C Operators
An operator is a symbol that tells the compiler to
perform specific mathematical or logical

The following operators are present in C:

Arithmetic Operators [+,-,*,/,%,++,--]
Relational Operators [ ==,!=,>,<,>=,<=]
Logical Operators [&&, ||, !]
Bitwise Operators [&,|,^,~,<<,>>]
Assignment Operators [=,+=,-
Misc Operators [sizeof(),& (address), *, ? :]
Bitwise operators
#include <stdio.h>
int c = 0;
unsigned int a = 60; /* 60 = 00111100 */
unsigned int b = 13; /* 13 = 00001101 */

c = a & b; /* 12 = 00001100 */
c = a | b; /* 00111101 */
c = a ^ b; /* 00110001 */
c = ~a; /*11000011 */
c = a << 2; /* 11110000 */
c = a >> 2; /* 00001111 */

Binary AND Operator
Binary OR Operator
Binary XOR Operator
Binary Is complement Operator
Binary Left Shift Operator
Binary Right Shift Operator
Miscellaneous Operators
sizeof() This operator returns the size of the variable
& This operator returns the address of the
* This operator returns the pointer of the variable
? : This operator returns the pointer of the variable

If Condition is true ? Then value X : Otherwise
value Y

What is a pointer?
int x = 10;
int *p;

p = &x;

p gets the address of x in memory.
x 10
What is a pointer?
int x = 10;
int *p = NULL;

p = &x;

*p = 20;

Declares a pointer
to an integer
& is address operator
gets address of x
* dereference operator
gets value at p
Null pointer
What is a pointer?
Generic Pointers
Pointer variable is declared as type void
The pointer does not point to any data
Can be used when you dont know what type of
variable the pointer is going to point
Once the type is known the void pointer need to be
casted to that type

void *ptr; *(int*) ptr;
Generic pointer declaration Casting it to refer to an integer type
Pointer to a pointer
A pointer to a pointer is a form of multiple
indirection, or a chain of pointers.
int **var;
Example code
#include <stdio.h>
int main ()
int var;
int *ptr;
int **pptr;
var = 3000;

ptr = &var;
pptr = &ptr;

printf("Value of var = %d\n", var );
printf("Value available at *ptr = %d\n", *ptr );
printf("Value available at **pptr = %d\n", **pptr);
return 0;
What will be the output??
Swapping two numbers (using temp)
int main()
int x,y,temp;
printf(Enter x and y\n");
scanf("%d%d", &x, &y);

temp = x;
x = y;

return 0;
Swapping without a temp variable
int main()
int x,y;
printf(Enter x and y\n");
scanf("%d%d", &x, &y);

x =x+y;
y =x-y;
X =x-y;

printf(After swapping\nx=%d\ny=%d\n",x,y);
return 0;
Swapping using pointers
int main()
int x,y,*a,*b,temp;
printf(Enter x and y\n");
scanf("%d%d", &x, &y);
a= &x; b=&y;
temp = *b;
*b = *a;
*a = temp;
printf(After swapping\nx=%d\ny=%d\n",x,y);
return 0;
Swapping using bitwise XOR
int main()
int x,y;
printf(Enter x and y\n");
scanf("%d%d", &x, &y);

x =x^y;
y =x^y;
X =x^y;

printf(After swapping\nx=%d\ny=%d\n",x,y);
return 0;
Function is a group of statements that together
perform a task.
Defining a Function
Function Declarations
Calling a Function
/*fn returning the max between two nos */

int max(int num1, int num2)
/* local variable declaration */
int result;
if (num1 > num2)
result = num1;
result = num2;
return result;
answer = max(a, b);
You are building a ship game and are
currently located at lat = 32 and lon = -64

You need to go south east by latitude -1
and lon +1

You can write a function to do the above :

longitude +1


void go_south_east(int lat, int lon)
lat = lat - 1;
lon = lon + 1;
Small Quiz
#include <stdio.h>

int main()
int latitude = 32;
int longitude = -64;
go_south_east(latitude, longitude);
printf(" Now at: [%d, %d]\n", latitude, longitude);
return 0;
void go_south_east(int lat, int lon)
lat = lat - 1;
lon = lon + 1;
What should print now??
Calling a function passing arguments
Two ways of passing arguments to a
Pass by value
Pass by reference
The call by value method of passing arguments to a
function copies the actual value of an argument into
the formal parameter of the function.
Calling a function by reference
The call by reference method of passing arguments to a function copies the
address of an argument
Inside the function, the address is used to access the actual argument used in
the call
go_south_east(&latitude, &longitude);
void go_south_east(int *lat, int *lon)
*lat = *lat - 1;
*lon = *lon + 1;


C - Arrays
Array data structure which can store multiple
variables of the same type in contiguous memory

double balance[5];
double balance[5] = {10.0, 2.0, 3.4, 17.0, 50.0};
double balance[] = {10.0, 2.0, 3.4, 17.0, 50.0};
Accessing Arrays
double salary = balance[3];
For loops are commonly used to access and initialize the array elements
int main ()
int n[ 10 ];
int i;
for ( i = 0; i < 10; i++ )
n[ i ] = i + 100;
0 1 2 3
4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11
Two dimension Arrays
int val =
int a[3][4] = { {0, 1, 2, 3} , {4, 5, 6, 7} , {8, 9, 10,
11} };
int a[3][4] = {0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11};
int c = a[2][3]
What will be the value of c?
Pointer to an array
An array name is a constant pointer to the first element of the array.
double balance[50]; balance is a pointer to &balance[0],
double *p;
double balance[10];
p = balance;
Hence you can do this
*p and *balance can be used to print balance[0]
*(p+1) and *(balance +1) can be used to print balance[1]
Array of pointers
Array of pointers is a array containing addresses
int var[] = {10, 100, 200};

int i, *ptr[3];
for ( i = 0; i < MAX; i++)
ptr[i] = &var[i];
for ( i = 0; i < MAX; i++)
printf("Value of var[%d] = %d\n", i, *ptr[i] );
Strings in C
The string in C programming language is actually a one-dimensional
array of characters which is terminated by a null character '\0'.
char greeting[6] = {'H', 'e', 'l', 'l', 'o', '\0'};
char greeting[] = "Hello";
4 important string functions [string.h]
strcpy(s1, s2); Copies string s2 into string s1.

strcat(s1, s2); Concatenates string s2 onto the
end of string s1.

strlen(s1); Returns the length of string s1.

strcmp(s1, s2); Returns 0 if s1 and s2 are the
same; less than 0 if s1<s2;

greater than 0 if s1>s2.
C Structures
Arrays allow you to hold multiple data of the same
What if you want to hold multiple data of different kinds
cant do it in an array
You need to use STRUCTURES or UNIONS !
What is the difference?
Structure of a structure
struct Books
int book_id;
float price;
Outside main() Inside main()
struct Books b1;

b1. book_id = 101;
b1. price = 122.50;
struct Books *ptr;
ptr = &b1;
ptr -> book_id = 101;
ptr -> price = 1225.50;
int int float float float float
2 bytes
4 bytes
Unions differ from structure only in memory organization
union Books
int book_id;
float price;
Outside main() Inside main()
union Books b1;

b1. book_id = 101;
b1. price = 122.50;
float float float float
4 bytes