INTRODUCTION TO C
The C language is the bedrock of modern computing. So why is it that a company like Well House Consultants, who specialise in niche training, are running a C course? It's because the bedrock is something that, whilst it's there and vital, most people don't need to understand. I expect that most of you couldn't tell me very much about your home's foundations ... how deep are they, what are they made of, what material do they lie on. And in the same way, C is vital to us all, but only a few of us need to learn it.
C is not an "object oriented" language. If you require the bedrock of C and also the extra facilities offered by OO, you can select C++ which offers compatibility with C, and also the extra facilities. But note that they are offered at a price, and that price is a complexity that is not necessary for most people, and not necessary if the under- lying C compatibility can be foregone. That's why you have languages such as Java (from Sun) and C# (from Microsoft) which are developed using the approach of C, and the power of object orientation, but without the C compatibility, and so without much of the low-level coding that C's been so successful with. Perhaps you're looking at a PHP script, or a piece of Python and saying "C isn't important to me".
Actually, it is important.
Your PHP and your Python are written in C (Jython is written in Java and that has the underlying C level). Your web server is written in C. Your operating system is written in C. Don't underestimate C; it is vital to you. It's just that it may not be vital for you to understand it.
COMPILING AND LOADING C PROGRAMS
1. Enter your source code (a file extension .c is common).
2. Compile into an object file (extension .o or .obj ).
This is a binary file that contains machine code for the machine that you'll be running on, but it's not yet a complete program; it's a program component. In effect, your compiling has turned a raw potato into a roasted one, but it's still not a complete meal.
3. Link / Load / Taskbuild your .o or .obj files.
That joins them together into a single conglomerate executable file, and brings in standard library files too, so that the file as a whole can be run. You have now added your Roast Beef, Yorkshire Pudding, and brussel sprouts and made up a complete course.
The compiler will initially run the C pre-processor, which will act on lines starting with a # character. It allows for other files to be included, constants defined, and selective-debug code and system-dependent code to be included as appropriate.
The whole process of one or more compiles followed by a link may be defined in a makefile. The Makefile defines the commands necessary for each step of the process, and also lets you define which file depends on which other file. The net effect of this is to enable the compiler to skip over files that haven't been changed since you last did a compile by looking at the timestamp on the .c file in relation to the timestamp on the .o . It's very clever; I remember back to "pre-make" days and running compiles and loads of a big CAD system I wrote that took nearly an hour to process!
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