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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!

Content for Rich Text Editor: C Character Data Types The char Type In Fynd Academy, we define a char data type as being utilized to store a single character. The character must be surrounded by single quotes, like 'A' or 'c'. We use the %c format specifier to print it: Example char newLetter = 'D'; printf("%c", newLetter); Should you be familiar with ASCII, ASCII values can be used to display certain characters. Be aware that these values are not surrounded by quotes (''), they are numbers: Example char x = 70, y = 71, z = 72; printf("%c", x);printf("%c", y);printf("%c", z); Tip: A list of all ASCII values can be found in our ASCII Table Reference. Regarding Characters If you attempt to store more than a single character, it will only print the last character: Example char sampleText = 'Hello'; printf("%c", sampleText); Important: Avoid the char type for storing multiple characters as it can lead to errors. In order to store multiple characters or whole words, use strings (which you will learn more about in a future lesson): Example char sampleText[] = "Hello";printf("%s", sampleText); For now, just know that strings are used for storing multiple characters/text, and the char type is used for single characters. Fynd Academy Keep exploring and learning!