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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)

Performing a task with a single thread

In this recipe, we will be creating a thread to perform a task. In this task, we will display the sequence numbers from 1 to 5. The focus of this recipe is to learn how a thread is created and how the main thread is asked to wait until the thread finishes its task.

How to do it…

  1. Define a variable of the type pthread_t to store the thread identifier:
pthread_t tid;
  1. Create a thread and pass the identifier that was created in the preceding step to the pthread_create function. The thread is created with the default attributes. Also, specify a function that needs to be executed to create the thread:
pthread_create(&tid, NULL, runThread, NULL);
  1. In the function, you will be displaying...