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C Primer Plus, Fourth Edition by Stephen Prata

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Using C: Seven Steps

C, as you've seen, is a compiled language. If you are accustomed to using a compiled language, such as Pascal or FORTRAN, you will be familiar with the basic steps in putting together a C program. However, if your background is in an interpreted language, such as BASIC, or in graphical-interface oriented language, such as Visual Basic, or if you have no background at all, you need to learn how to compile. We'll look at that process soon, and you'll see that it is straightforward and sensible. First, to give you an overview of programming, let's break down the act of writing a C program into seven steps (see Figure 1.3). Note that this is an idealization. In practice, particularly for larger projects, you would go back and ...

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