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Implementing a simple controller in embedded C

Is there a known method or pattern to implement a simple controller for an MVC design in pure C or the switch case approach is the standard? Background : I have an embedded application and I'm ...
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boolean operations in C using bitfields

I am trying to implement boolean data type in C. Basically, I am working with sets. The following code can be used to access each bit but I am unsure whether I can represent sets using this method. ...
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Omitting “destructors” in C is taking YAGNI too far?

I'm working on a medium embedded application in C using OO-like techniques. My "classes" are .h/.c modules using data structs and function pointers structs to emulate encapsulation, polymorphism, and ...
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Is there a canonical book on C Programming in GNU/Linux? [closed]

I am looking for a good ebook (or two) for learning the C programming language, specifically programming in a GNU/Linux environment. I'm not a beginner programmer, but I have almost no experience in ...
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Processor architectures for testing C/C++ portability

Currently I'm working on a C/C++ code-base which is fairly portable, it can compile on most Unix like systems as well as MS-Windows (MSVC), using various popular compilers. Previously I've found ...
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What is this boolean law?

A friend of mine has shown sometime ago the name of the below boolean technique/law but I forget that name unfortunately. Does someone know what it's called? example in C language: !(a || b) It's ...
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Reading assembly useful for insights when writing C/C++? [closed]

While in most cases its not necessarily, recently I have taken to reading the generated assembly of my C code every so often, when I'm curious as to the kinds of optimizations my compiler is making. ...
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Why Increment Pointers?

I just recently started learning C++, and as most people (according to what I have been reading) I'm struggling with pointers. Not in the traditional sense, I understand what they are, and why they ...
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When is the register keyword actually useful in C?

I am confused about the use of register keyword in C. It is generally told that its use isn't needed like in this question on stackoverflow. Is this keyword totally redundant in C due to modern ...
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Is there a stricter strtoull() in any ubiquitous C library?

I want a function that will interpret a string as a strictly unsigned integer, failing when the string overflows, represents a negative number, or does not represent a number. strtoull() does set ...
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Scoping recommendations while developing in C

While developing a library using C, what are your recommendations about variable and function scoping? In C++, OOP and namespaces made the whole thing a lot easier. But how to do that with plain C? ...
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What should I do and know before I start writing C? [closed]

I have a college degree in CS, and learned about Java and OCaml. Java was used as introduction, and in most CS classed, except the theoretical ones. OCaml was part of learning a different programming ...
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Implementing keyword “const” [closed]

A constant pointer is a pointer which points to a fixed memory location throughout.The question is how do you ensure that this behavior is ensured without using the keyword constant while declaring ...
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Why do binary files load quicker than alphanumeric text files?

I've noticed that when I load/store large data files in a binary format, the program runs much faster than if I load data from an ASCII encoded file. Why is this the case? The data in my case is ...
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Which is the more testable C function implementation?

I write code in C. I have been striving to write more testable code but I am a little confused on deciding between writing pure functions that are really good for testing but require smaller functions ...
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When I test out the difference in time between shifting and multiplying in C, there is no difference. Why?

I have been taught that shifting in binary is much more efficient than multiplying by 2^k. So I wanted to experiment, and I used the following code to test this out: #include <time.h> #include ...
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Static vs. non-static? (with non-OOP functions)

Although this question has come up before, mine is different because it is not supposed to cover anything OOP but only plain (ANSI) C. Especially in open-source software, I usually encounter a ...
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Handling leaves in tree-based menus

Tl;Dr Given a language with no polymorphism how to you elegantly modify the behavior of a leaf in a tree data structure. Context I'm programming an application in C for a microcontroller and I'm ...
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What is the underlying mechanism behind va_list and where is it defined?

http://www.cplusplus.com/reference/cstdarg/va_list/ According to the above link, va_list is an argument or parameter used in some macros - va_start, va_arg, va_end. These macros are present in the ...
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Parsing mathematical expressions with two values that have parentheses and minus signs

I'm trying to parse equations like the ones below, which only have two values or the square root of a certain value, from a text file: 100+100 -100-100 -(100)+(-100) sqrt(100) by the minus ...
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Why can't C arrays have 0 length?

The C11 standard says the arrays, both sized and variable length "shall have a value greater than zero." What is the justification for not allowing a length of 0? Especially for variable length ...
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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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Why would I learn C++11, having known C and C++? [closed]

I am a programmer in C and C++, although I don't stick to either language and write a mixture of the two. Sometimes having code in classes, possibly with operator overloading, or templates and the oh ...
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Defining property and find substitution for copy function of python in cython

I want to cythonize a code in python to speed up the code. In the following you can see my attempt to make my python class understandable for cython: import numpy as np cimport numpy as np ctypedef ...
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Pointer indexing

I am currently reading a book titled "Numerical Recipes in C". In this book, the author details how certain algorithms inherently work better if we had indices starting with 1 (I don't entirely follow ...
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When is C a better choice than C++? [closed]

I can't imagine that there's any reason not to use the OOP features of C++. It's is just as fast as C, and - what's more important to me - it's transparent, just as C. (I mean "transparent" that I ...
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How can we make a certain thing inbuilt in c language with our own header file?

I want to make the basic trigonometric functions in maths inbuilt functions using my own header file . so as the users can do trigonometry in c language compilers.
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Understanding how variable assignment works

When I started learning C programming a few years ago, my tutor taught me similar to most of the tutors around the world. She said me the very basic things like any int datatype is of 2 bytes memory. ...
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Why would a C executable be smaller when compared to C++ executable

I'm trying to understand why the output file sizes are significantly different when using a C and a C++ compiler. I was writing a small hello world program in C and C++, I noticed that in C version, ...
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C/C++: Who uses the logical operator macros from iso646.h and why? [closed]

There has been some debate at work about using the merits of using the alternative spellings for C/C++ logical operators in iso646.h: and && and_eq &= bitand & bitor ...
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How bad is it calling println() often than concatenating strings together and calling it once?

I know output to the console is a costly operation. In the interest of code readability sometimes it is nice to call a function to output text twice, rather than having a long string of text as an ...
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How to handle enums in an indirection with functionpointers at ANSI-C?

Moinsen, I am somehow stucked in a design problem. Language is ANSI-C. Lets assume we have a tinkerbox of software-modules: one module for the logic Logic (at least) one module doing some logging ...
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Benefits of porting C library to C++ [closed]

Say we take any C library such as libpng or libvorbis and convert it so that it compiles as C++ (only the minimum changes to make it compile as C++ code). Can the compiler do extra optimizations when ...
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Going through The C Programming Language K&R in Visual Studio [closed]

From what I have read, K&R seems to be a good place to start learning programming in general, and C programming specifically. However, I've just started the first chapter and I have a few ...
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Suggested method for extracting a standalone C library from an existing R package?

My group has been developing an R package to simulate plant growth (see GitHub repository). The R package uses .Call to interface with C. We have decided that it would be worthwhile to create a ...
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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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Transitioning from Java & C to C++

I learned Java and I'm pretty competent programming in it. I also learned C recently. I looked at a comparison between Java and C++ and I like C++'s features like operator overloading and its speed. ...
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Understanding Arithmetic In C

I have an embarrassingly simple question, but I need to make sure I understand this correctly. I have a *.c file with the following line: CSRConstant = ...
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Why can't arrays be passed as function arguments in C?

Following this comment, I've tried to google why, but my google-fu failed. Comment from link: [...] But the important thing is that arrays and pointers are different things in C. Assuming ...
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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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Why do C arrays not keep track of their length?

What was the reasoning behind not explicitly storing an array's length with an array in C? The way I see it, there are overwhelming reasons to do so but not very many in support of the standard ...
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How to check the space complexity of this program?

I have written my version of strstr function in c. I am using a temporary array of size 26. Then is the space complexity O(1) or O(n)? This is my code : void strcheck(char t[], int n, char p[], int ...
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Why is it called a memory leak?

I am a hobbyist programmer, bit of a stickler for terminology, currently learning C and recently came across the concept of Memory Leak. Now, I do understand what it means. Dynamic memory allocated to ...
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Memory read/write access efficiency

I've heard conflicting information from different sources, and I'm not really sure which one to believe. As such, I'll post what I understand and ask for corrections. Let's say I want to use a 2D ...
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Questions about linking libraries in C

I am learning C (still very much a beginner) on Linux using the GCC compiler. I have noticed that some libraries, such as the library used with the math.h header, need to be linked in manually when ...
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Global variable in a Linux shared library

Suppose we have the following setup under Linux, .so library named "libcnt.so" and 3 user space apps: "app1", "app2", "app3". This library does 1 simple thing, it says to the app (app dynamically ...
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Organization of DLL linked functions

This is a code organization question. I got my basic code working but when I expand it, it will be terrible. I have a DLL which I don't have a .lib for. Therefore I have to use the whole ...
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Why is the function called lseek(), not seek()?

The C function for seeking in a file is called lseek(). Why ins't it called just seek()?
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Are there theoretical reasons why arrays in C take less RAM than Java?

My experience is that Java requires about twice as much RAM compared to C (comparing char arrays or other comparisons). I also read in a hardware book that Java takes about twice RAM than C. Is is ...
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Why are there two different kinds of linking, i.e. static and dynamic?

I've been bitten for the n-th time now by a library mismatch between a build and deployment environment. The build environment had libruby.so.2.0 and the deployment environment had libruby.a. One ruby ...