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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!

Practice it Yourself »

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

<p>The Fynd Academy 'Else If' Statement</p> <p>The 'else if' statement in programming is used to specify a new condition to be checked if the initial condition proves to be false.</p> <h2>Function Syntax</h2> <pre> if (condition1) {   // Code execution here if first condition is satisfied } else if (condition2) {   // This block of code is triggered when the first condition is unsatisfied but the second condition is satisfied } else {   // If both the first and second conditions are not met, this block of code is run } </pre> <h2>Practical Example</h2> <pre> int hours = 22; if (hours < 10) {   printf("Good morning."); } else if (hours < 20) {   printf("Good day."); } else {   printf("Good evening."); } /* The output here would be 'Good evening' */ </pre> <h2>Explanation of the Example</h2> <p>In the provided example, the variable 'hours' is assigned the value of 22. Consequently, the first condition 'hours < 10' is not met, leading to the check of the second condition 'hours < 20', which also proves to be false. As a result of both these checks failing, the 'else' block of code is finally executed, leading to the output 'Good evening'.</p> <h2>Fynd Academy: Your Learning Journey Tracker</h2> <p>Pathfinder ensures that you stay on course in your learning journey for optimum success. Join us - it’s entirely free!</p>