C is a general-purpose computer programming language used for operating systems, games and other high performance work.

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Is a makefile really needed

I have been programming in c/c++ for a while now, and I have never once used a makefile. I know that it is supposed to be useful when you are dealing with a large project, but I have always been able ...
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Why does the instruction “do” require a “while”? [closed]

Since this statement is so common: while (true) (Java) or while (1) (C) or sometimes for (;;) Why is there not a single instruction for this? I could think that an instruction that could do it ...
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Why are algorithms and data structures important? [duplicate]

It seems like a lot of university-level computer science programs and programmer job interviews focus heavily on algorithms and data structures. I'm curious as to why universities and employers put so ...
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Languages implemented in Python?

AFAIK, Scala and Clojure are implemented in Java and Java is implemented in C. I suppose that many or most languages are implemented in C, for instance Perl, Python and SQL. I don't know much about ...
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How to create interest in programming? [closed]

I am student of 3rd year software engineering, and I find myself nowhere in field of programming. I know basics of programming languages like C, C++, Java, Visual Basic, HTML, JAVAScript, CSS and ...
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What are C's advantages over OOP languages, other than performance? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When to use C over C++, and C++ over C? C still has its own importance in the programming world! And one reason for it is its performance. But, I have some questions. ...
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Get system info from C program?

I'm writing a little program in C that I want to use to output some system stats to my HD44780 16x2 character display. The system I'll be working with is a Debian ARM system and, although irrelevant, ...
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Having trouble understanding recursion [duplicate]

I have just started learning about recursion but I'm having a hard time understanding it. Please would you recommend any links or books that explain recursion in detail.
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How does using #define for loop and condition bounds in C increase security?

My program uses the following define statements: #define LOWEST_PATIENT_ID 10000 #define HIGHEST_PATIENT_ID 99999 #define LOWEST_CRITICAL_STATUS 1 #define HIGHEST_CRITICAL_STATUS 100 used in this ...
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C-library - newbie guide

I have been asked to provide a C-library of my code (which I have written in a high-level language). I will hire a programmer to implement my code in C. I would like a short introduction to what a ...
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What conclusion to be drawn from no difference in generated assembly from 2 rather different programs?

I might not have had a counterexample when I got the reply "A pointer is just an address, what's the difficulty?" but I didn't really buy such a simple explanation and at assembly code it's not ...
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Trouble understanding simple recursion in c [duplicate]

My function: int num(int x) { if(x>0) num(x-1); else return 0; printf("%d",x); } This function takes a input x and prints the numbers from 1 upto x.I can't seem to ...
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Assigning strings to pointer in C Language

I am a new learner of C language, my question is about pointers. As far i learned and searched pointers can only store addresses of other variables, but cannot store the actual values(like integers or ...
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Use of malloc in C

Is it necessary to call free function every time we use malloc in C. I am asking this because I have seen many times that it is not called . Thank you
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How to efficiently store IP addresses? [closed]

Background I have a requirement where I need to remove a few nodes in a network based upon a command given by the user. To keep the nodes from transmitting or receiving data I thought of changing its ...
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Implementing a priority queue with a circular array

[If this fits more to stackoverflow then transfer it there please.] Hi, I'm trying to implement a priority queue in C. The easiest way I found to do it is with a circular array (rather than using a ...
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How are negative signed values stored? [duplicate]

I was watching this video on the maximum and minimum values of signed integers. Take an example of a positive signed value - 0000 0001 The first bit denotes that the number is positive and the last ...
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Use one or multiple files for graphics properties?

I'm creating a 2D game in plain ANSI-C using SDL2. I'm planning to let users create their own graphics. So, to achieve this, I'll use an information file which will hold some data such as Width, ...
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ANSI C pointers corrupted values

I am working on ANSI C and having some issues with the pointers. That is that after a point in my program the pointer's values change without me interfering, is something like overwriting them. I ...
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I'm trying to figure out which functions from one C library are being used by C project. Does anyone have a simple solution? [closed]

To be specific, I want to know which function/types in libpri and being used in the Asterisk project. I'm not traditionally a C programmer, but I know some basic stuff because I took a class in ...
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In C, how are functions accessible if they're not inline or called by #include? [closed]

I'm looking at code that somehow calls a library but I don't see it calling any of the library's headers at any point. I've done searches within the code and I don't see anywhere the functions, ...
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floating-point number stored in float variable has other value [duplicate]

I'm reading a book about C programming By "King.K.N" and I'm reading the following statement: If we store 0.1 in a float variable, we may later find that the variable has a value such as ...
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Can i create a function with variable parameters in C?

I've always wondered where a single function such as printf(); can take in variable parameters and provide the right results. For example, printf("Number is %d",a); which has two parameters, and ...
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Exercise in 1.6 C by Kernighan and Ritchie

I'm using this book by Kernighan and Ritchie, on the chapter about character input and output and file copying, I'm totally lost as to what this chapter is talking about. This question may seem too ...
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How much does C help you in other languages? [duplicate]

How much does learning C to moderate level help you as a programmer. For example, does being competent in C make it easier to pick up languages as time goes on and get a better understanding of them?
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Best online reference guide for gcc [closed]

My box is configured: Ubuntu, Code::Blocks IDE, GNU gcc compiler. I'm not very experienced in C. I am having some difficulty seperating what functions are available to me. Evidently there's a few ...
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Multiple threads making call to precompiled library

I have been asked this question in an interview and I thought to take advice from you guys. Say I have a pre-compiled library which references to some function say "strtok". There is no source code ...
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Has pre-increment operators become that common? [closed]

Bit of background to explain the reasoning: I've been programming for a good while, but took a break between 2012 and 2014 for other stuff. Before that break, I would hardly ever hear about "++i", let ...
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Idiomatic C API with regards to pointers

I am trying to get a better understanding of how one would structure an API in C. I create a struct Person I have a init function that sets data on that struct I have multiple "helper" functions ...
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Understanding the concept of “arguments” and “parameters” in C language as explained in K&R The C Programming Language

In the third last paragraph at page number 26 of the ebook "The C Programming Language" the author(s) say, "We will generally use parameter for a variable named in the parenthesized list in a ...
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What kind of applications are built using C [closed]

I studied C programming about ten years ago, whiles in Uni,however I would like to pick it up again. I'm looking at developing secure applications that utilize cryptography. Would C be the right ...
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(almost) Pure C instead of C preprocessor [closed]

Why isn't (almost) pure C used instead of the C preprocessor? Sure I understand it would be a little more verbose. For example: #define PI 3.14159 If we had regular C as preprocessor language, the ...
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C Linked List Implementation Pointer vs. Pointer-to-Pointer Consistency

To get some practice in C, I'm writing some basic functions for operating on a linked list of ints. I started out with functions that accepted as a "list" a pointer to the head node. Now, I find ...
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usage of double pointers and n pointers?

I am familiar with basic C pointers. Just wanted to ask what is the actual use of double pointers or for that matter n pointer? #include<stdio.h> int main() { int n = 10 , *ptr , **ptr_ptr ; ...
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Looking for a certain datatype if it exists

I'm looking for the kind of a certain datatypes. The main idea of this datatype is to describe a productionline containing several steps. Each step should be represented as a "vertex" containing an ...
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Is it a good idea to const-qualify the fields of structure in C?

Consider the following program: #include <stdlib.h> #include <stdio.h> typedef struct S_s { const int _a; } S_t; S_t * create_S(void) { return calloc(sizeof(S_t), 1); } void ...
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How much warnings in C to enable?

This is a tiny project of about 2000LOC. It is being compiled with -Wall. Now, I tried adding -Wextra. Two things happened: Some minor but valid warnings popped up, e.g. Comparing signed with ...
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Algorithm for recursive evaluation of postfix expressions

I'm reading Sedgewick's book on algorithms in C and I'm looking for an algorithm to evaluate postfix expressions (addition and multiplication only) without using a stack. I tried to implement one but ...
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C/C++ in applications that do not concern performance [closed]

C is the best language (or maybe the single language) suitable for operating systems, drivers, embedded systems etc. For more complex domains like computer graphics C++ is a better choice. But these ...
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What's the simplest way to deal with events in C in this situation?

I'm writing a text-based game, in C. I want the game to handle NPCs movement and actions in the background, while the user is making his moves. I'd also use time-based events to tell the user when ...
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How static functions are better than Class Methods in Objective-C [closed]

I was going to through this post by Mattt Thompson in which he mentions that Static functions are nicer than shoe-horned class methods I just don't see any flaw with Class methods in ...
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Introducing function waypoints to protect device [closed]

Defining a magic pointer or counter inside a program / class and checking for a fixed value before executing critical commands is a way to generate a barrier against wrong execution. This check is ...
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Alternative to printing debug information to stdout\stderr [duplicate]

I currently have a long running application on an embedded Linux environment and all debug messages are currently being outputted to stdout using printf. This isn't ideal for special users who ...
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comparison of floating point numbers vs. comparsion of Integers in C [closed]

Does comparison of floating point numbers takes (considerably) longer time than comparison of Integers in C? I just wrote a C program of heap sort to sort floating point numbers. I am on ubuntu ...
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How can I handle this string concatenation in C in a reusable way

I've been writing a small C application that operates on files, and I've found that I have been copy+pasting this code around my functions: char fullpath[PATH_MAX]; fullpath[0] = '\0'; ...
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Should functions be prepared for overlapping buffers?

So I have a function in C like this: void crunch(const char *in, char *out, size_t inLen, size_t outLen) { //... } If the two buffers overlap, the function may mess up the input buffer as well, ...
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Is TCP message order still guaranteed when using async IO

Here the scenario I'm imagining. Two messages are transferred, both will require 2 packets each (I know you don't deal with packets directly with TCP, but on the IP level each message will consist of ...
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What are and how do (data-) types work?

What is a "variable"/data type? How does a compiler / interpreter handle types? My specific concern has to do with the different types in lower and higher level languages. For instance in Python, ...
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Perfomance of 8 bit operations on 64 bit architechture

I am usually a Python / Database programmer, and I am considering using C for a problem. I have a set of sequences, 8 characters long with 4 possible characters. My problem involves combining sets of ...
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Better design for a generic doubly linked list around which I plan to make different wrappers?

I am currently writing a C code for a doubly linked list(dll) around which I want to write wrapers for implementing stack, queues etc. instead of writing separate codes for all of them. I'll be ...