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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)

Implementing Concurrency

Multitasking is a key feature in almost all operating systems; it increases the efficiency of the CPU and utilizes resources in a better manner. Threads are the best way to implement multitasking. A process can contain more than one thread to implement multitasking.

In this chapter, we will cover the following recipes involving threads:

  • Performing a task with a single thread
  • Performing multiple tasks with multiple threads
  • Using mutex to share data between two threads
  • Understanding how a deadlock is created
  • Avoiding a deadlock

The terms process and thread can be confusing, so first, we'll make sure that you understand them.