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Introduction to Computer Programming

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Introduction to Computer Programming CPS 196

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This 7 page Class Notes was uploaded by Diego Lehner on Wednesday October 21, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to CPS 196 at Syracuse University taught by Susan Older in Fall. Since its upload, it has received 90 views. For similar materials see /class/225590/cps-196-syracuse-university in ComputerScienence at Syracuse University.

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Date Created: 10/21/15
Description of the C Programming Language and Programming Process CPS 196 Introduction to Programming C Lecture 1 Dr Nancy McCracken August 27 2007 I What is C 0 Developed at Bell Labs around 1969 Emerged as the winner from a sequence of languages including a language called B 0 Originally created for systems programming ie writing software that controls hardware and other software UNIX and other operating systems are written in C machine code So are many compilers GUIs device drivers etc C is a highlevel language High level languages are easier to use as the programmer is not restricted to the data types and operations available at the machine level C is similar in level to the older languages like Pascal Algol Fortran Basic C became one of the most popular high level languages The basic C language syntax became the starting point for more recent languages like C Java and Perl Even Python and php have some syntax based on C C does not have objectoriented features that are included in other highlevel languages notably C and Java I C has lowlevel language features 0 A distinguishing feature between C and other modern popular programming languages is that it has an unusually rich set of operators that can be used to make the programs run very efficiently Includes operators that mimic machine language instructions eg bit manipulation instructions Explicit memory management Direct manipulation of addresses or pointers Why learn C C is a good beginners language because the basic programming concepts can be learned with a minimum of complex features 0 Knowing C is a good step towards learning other languages 0 You may have to read C programs even if you don t write them 0 It is still the high level language of choice for systems programmers supports writing fast tight code with minimal space 0 Many commercial tools and code libraries can be used most easily from C Much public domain code is available through open source and other projects I Solving Problems Want computer instructions to process data Input Data Output Results I Programming Process Write instructions in a high level programming language s ored in the source file 0 Th compiler translates to computer instructions and com 39nes it With other library functions gt Source file Library functions Input Data Output Results


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