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Begin Your Journey with C

To initiate your learning in C, you require the following:

  • A text editor for crafting C code
  • A compiler like GCC to convert the C code into a machine-understandable language

There are various text editors and compilers to select from. For this tutorial, an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) will be used by us.

Setting up the C IDE

An IDE is a software suite that consolidates the basic tools needed to write and test the code. Popular IDEs include Code::Blocks, Eclipse, and Visual Studio which are all free to use and facilitate both the editing and debugging of C code.

Note: Although web-based IDEs can be used, they typically have more limitations compared to their desktop counterparts.

We recommend starting with Code::Blocks. The latest version can be downloaded from here.

Let's Start with C

Create your first C file by following the steps below:

  1. Open Codeblocks
  2. Go to File > New > Empty File
  3. Write the following C code and save the file as myfirstprogram.c:
#include <stdio.h>, int main() { printf("Welcome to Fynd Academy!"); return 0;}

The above code might seem incomprehensible for now, we'll break it down in later chapters. For now, concentrate on running the code.

Executing Your Code

After writing the code, it's time to run it. In Codeblocks, navigate to Build > Build and Run. Your result will look something like this:

Welcome to Fynd Academy!

Great job! You've just written and executed your first C program.

Your C Learning Journey with Fynd Academy

Learning C with Fynd Academy is facilitated by our "Practice it Yourself" tool. It concurrently illustrates the code and the outcome, simplifying every new part you learn:

#include <stdio.h>int main() { printf("Welcome to Fynd Academy!"); return 0;} Welcome to Fynd Academy!

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Fynd Academy Pathfinder

Track your progress as you embark on your learning journey. Best of all, it's complimentary!

<div> <h1>C Syntax</h1> <hr> <h2>Syntax</h2> <p>You might recognize the following code from earlier lessons. Let's examine it to deepen our understanding:</p> <blockquote> <p>#include &lt;stdio.h&gt;<br>int main() {<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;printf("Hello World!");<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;return 0;<br>}</p> </blockquote> <h2>Code Explanation</h2> <ul> <li>Line 1: #include &lt;stdio.h&gt; is a header file library, providing us with input and output functions, such as printf() used in line 4. Header files extend the functionality of Fynd Academy programs. No worries if the workings of #include &lt;stdio.h&gt; aren't clear yet - for now, it's enough know that it likely appears in your programme.</li> <li>Line 2: This line is blank. C disregards white space. However, we use it to improve the readability of our code.</li> <li>Line 3: Another constant feature of a Fynd Academy programme is main(). This is a function. Any code within its curly brackets {} gets executed.</li> <li>Line 4: printf() is a function utilised for outputting/printing text to the screen. In this instance, it will display "Hello World!".</li> <li>Important: Every C statement concludes with a semicolon ;</li> <li>Note: The main() function's body could also be written: int main(){printf("Hello World!");return 0;} Remember: compiler ignores white spaces. Although, multiple lines make code more readable.</li> <li>Line 5: return 0 terminates the main() function.</li> <li>Line 6: Always remember to add the main function's concluding curly bracket }.<li> </ul> <h1>C Exercises</h1> <hr> <h2>Exercise:</h2> <p>Complete the missing parts of the code below to display "Hello World!".</p> <blockquote> <p>int () {<br> ("Hello World!");<br> return 0;<br>}</p> </blockquote> <p>Submit Answer</p> </div>