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C Programming Tutorial for Beginners | C Programming Full Course


Hello and welcome to programming fundamentals the first course in an introduction to programming in C. I'm Drew hilton and I hope you are ready to learn a lot about programming and I'm Ann Bracey and would also like to welcome you to this course and specialization I'm excited that you have the chance to come learn to program with us and I'm Genevieve Lip, I learned to program in c from drew and anne's book that this specialization is based on and can tell you firsthand that it is a great way to learn. Please watch the video below to know clearly about C Programming:

 You don't need any prior background in programming just an eagerness to learn and excitement about thinking through problems as genevieve just mentioned this specialization is great if you are new to programming you might be thinking about learning for a wide variety of reasons maybe you want to become a professional software developer if so this is a great starting point we're going to build solid fundamentals that will serve you well in both c and any other language or maybe you want programming skills to use in some other discipline. I know a lot of social scientists and natural scientists who have found programming necessary to analyze the data that they have to explore the problems in their field some of you may have already taken an intro course and be looking to expand your skills.

 This can be a great chance to both build your programming skills from solid fundamentals and to learn a new language another great reason to take this specialization is if you are taking a computer organization class either on coursera or in school and don't have the c programming background to excel this specialization is a great way to come up to speed on those topics so what's special about the way that we are going to teach you we're going to start from the very beginning a lot of programming courses assume you can just figure out how to write code from seeing a few examples we aren't going to do that instead we're going to teach you a step-by-step approach to solve programming problems this seven-step approach is a great way to tackle any programming problem from smaller ones that you will use as practice in this course to large complicated ones that you will use in real life situations we're also going to teach you how to read code as well as how to write it after all how can you write if you can't read for every piece of syntax that we teach you we are also going to teach you the semantics what exactly the code does for any code you write you will be able to execute it by hand saying exactly what every line does which goes hand in hand with the principle of no magic we're never going to tell you to write or do a thing just because instead we want you to learn that everything in programming is about well-defined rules which you can understand and follow or even execute yourself so where do we go from here the rest of this course is all about computational thinking you'll learn a lot of important concepts how to design an algorithm to solve a problem how to execute a piece of code by hand and the everything is a number principle these will lay the foundation for you to start writing programs in c in course two speaking of course too that is where you will learn to use a variety of tools that are important to develop your code you'll learn things like how to turn your code into an actual program that the computer can run which is called compiling you'll also learn about testing and debugging finding and fixing mistakes in your program in course 3 you will learn about ways to store more complex data using pointers arrays and strings if you don't know what these are now no problem we'll explain them when we get there and in course four we'll learn how to interact with the user in the system as well as how to dynamically allocate memory when you don't know in advance how much data you have to work with. 

So let's get started let us briefly take a look at an example algorithm and how you might follow its steps yourself we don't need to know anything about programming to do these steps we just need to be able to do some math and keep careful track of what we are doing this algorithm does not accomplish a really useful task but gives us a simple example to start from the algorithm says given a non-negative integer in so it is parameterized over n we need a value of n to actually do these steps so let's pick n equals 2. we're also going to want a place to write down the output that the algorithm produces that is everything that we are told to write down we will write in this output box we need to keep track of where we are. so we are going to use this green arrow to remember what step we are currently on we'll start at the start

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