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By Robert L. Wood

The purpose of this ebook is to supply a quick advent to the c program languageperiod. In a computing international that's more and more choked with C++ and item orientated equipment, C nonetheless has a huge position to play, rather within the implementation of engineering and clinical calculations. This e-book is biased in the direction of these positive factors of C that make it precious for all these program. This makes the booklet relatively appropriate to scholars on numerous engineering and clinical classes the place the function of C programming could variety from being a big supportive subject to a middle discipline.Neither C nor the other programming language may be discovered just by analyzing approximately it. for that reason, every one bankruptcy is additional divided into 'key points', or extra centred sections that contain the reader in a number of programming actions guided by means of instructional questions. those are observed by way of educational difficulties on the finish of every bankruptcy that goal to combine the bankruptcy subject into the broader framework of C programming and technical purposes. the 2 key positive factors of this booklet are its concentrate on these facets of C which are of so much normal use, and presentation of those positive aspects in a fashion that's rather available by means of scholars on engineering and technology established classes. The speed of the ebook is sort of speedy, overlaying loads of C performance in a comparatively small variety of pages. this can be completed via concise yet conscientiously thought-out reasons of key issues. This process is a sturdy distinction to the vast majority of books on C that usually run to numerous hundred pages and, accordingly, require major dedication from the reader. this is often particularly vital whilst C programming may perhaps simply be, probably, one among six topics studied in a 15 week semester.

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The first executable statement in main calls the add_numbers function. It is useful to read this from right to left: The values of A and B are passed to add_numbers, which returns a value that is stored in C. It is important to recognize that calling add_numbers and storing the value that it returns are two distinct operations. In effect, when add_numbers returns its value, the value replaces the function in the calling statement and is then stored in C. Looking at the add_numbers function, notice that two variables, X and Y, are declared in its argument list.

The same declaration statement also declares a pointer, employee-1 p t r , which is subsequently assigned the address of employee-1. This means that the location in memory of the first byte of employee-1 is stored in employee-lptr. Each of the remaining statements accesses a member of the data structure indirectly. In each case, note how the indirection operator shows the pointer to be pointing at each member. By comparing this with previous examples, it should be clear that ‘employee-lptr->’ is doing exactly the same job as ‘employee-1’.

So, in this program, the addresses of A and B are passed, rather than the values of the data stored in A and B. Thus, A and B are passed by reference. The add_numbers function accesses the values of A and B using the 'contents of' operator, *. It then adds these values together and stores the result in D. Finally, the value of D is passed back to main, via the return statement. This means that, in main, the returned value replaces the call to add_numbers and is then stored in C. 3 and make brief notes on its operation.

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