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Practical C Programming

By : B. M. Harwani
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Practical C Programming

By: B. M. Harwani

Overview of this book

Used in everything from microcontrollers to operating systems, C is a popular programming language among developers because of its flexibility and versatility. This book helps you get hands-on with various tasks, covering the fundamental as well as complex C programming concepts that are essential for making real-life applications. You’ll start with recipes for arrays, strings, user-defined functions, and pre-processing directives. Once you’re familiar with the basic features, you’ll gradually move on to learning pointers, file handling, concurrency, networking, and inter-process communication (IPC). The book then illustrates how to carry out searching and arrange data using different sorting techniques, before demonstrating the implementation of data structures such as stacks and queues. Later, you’ll learn interesting programming features such as using graphics for drawing and animation, and the application of general-purpose utilities. Finally, the book will take you through advanced concepts such as low-level programming, embedded software, IoT, and security in coding, as well as techniques for improving code performance. By the end of this book, you'll have a clear understanding of C programming, and have the skills you need to develop robust apps.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)

Displaying the contents of a random file in reverse order

Let's say that we have a random file that contains some lines of text. Let's find out how to reverse the contents of this file.

This program will not give the correct output if a random file does not exist. Please read Appendix A to learn how to create a random file.

How to do it…

  1. Open the random file in read-only mode using the following code:
fp = fopen (argv[1], "rb");
  1. If the file does not exist or does not have enough permissions, an error message will be displayed and the program will terminate, as shown in the following code:
if (fp == NULL) {
perror ("An error occurred in opening the file\n");
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