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Essentials of C Program
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C Basics

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Let's delve deeper into our introductory program:



printf Function

The printf() function displays output on the screen. For our example, it shows the message "Hello, c<>definity!". Text meant for display should be wrapped in double quotes, like this:

Control Characters


In C, \n is recognized as a single character, not two separate characters ("\" and "n").

The character sequence \n represents a newline. This means that any content following this sequence will appear on the next line.



Throughout this course, we'll occasionally utilize the \t character for tabulation, which equates to a tab, or 4 spaces.



The Semicolon

The semicolon ; signifies the end of a statement in C. Every statement in C should conclude with a ;. Think of it like the period at the end of a written sentence.

The Return Statement

return is the statement used to end a function and potentially return a value. In the context of the main function, the standard in C requires the use of return 0. While it has specific implications on UNIX systems, it generally indicates an "Exit status" or the successful termination of a program. We'll explore the return statement in greater depth as the course progresses.

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