C is an open-source general-purpose, imperative, functional computer programming language with a dynamic type system, lexical scoping, and recursion. By design, C has constructs that map directly to common machine instructions. You can program C code with just a few basic tools: an interactive terminal, a compiler, a source control program, and a C compiler (which will convert your C source code into a C executable). The next few paragraphs describe these tools in detail.
Using an interactive terminal, you can type in C code from any terminal or software program. In particular, a Unix or Windows-based interactive terminal allows you to write and run C programs on any operating system supported by that operating system, including Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, and many others. You will need a command line or graphical user interface.
A good, easy-to-use C compiler is available for free at the C Programming Language website. Another free tool for compiling C code is the free Eclipse-based Eclipse IDE. If your operating system does not have an interactive user interface, you can use an interactive terminal. The following list describes some other tools for compiling C code:
When it comes to a source control program, there are many options available today. Some of these programs include the popular SourceSafe and Git, which are developed by Google, and the FUSE software project, which is designed for developers. These programs allow you to create multiple working copies of your code using different versions.
If your C source code uses the header file format described in the next paragraph, you can use a C compiler to convert this source code into C code using your desired language. Then, you will be able to use C’s standard library for other functions.
C programs can also be compiled into executables using the Windows, Mac, Linux, or Unix platform’s native C compiler. On Windows platforms, this is called the Microsoft Visual Studio. The Unix platform’s favorite compiler is the Unix Make program. If you are looking for more powerful options, there is a free option for the Linux platform called gmake.
Before you go any further, you should review the last paragraph of this article regarding how C programs can be converted into C code. In this article, you are going to learn how to compile C code using a C compiler and then use it for other purposes.
If your C code uses the header file format, you must have a header file converter program to convert it into C code. The C headers are files that contain information about functions or variables and types. They are stored in the header file of each compiled source file.
A good header file converter allows you to view and edit the header file of each compiled source file. This program is available for free from the C Programming Language website. The header file format is commonly used in projects like UNIX, Java, and Windows.
You will need to compile your C code into a form that is portable across all platforms. To do this, you will need to use a different program to convert it into a file that can be executed on different operating systems. For example, on Linux, you will need to use gmake to convert it into a script and execute it.
After you have the header file converter, you will want to use gmake to convert your header file into C code. Once you have finished, you will be able to write and execute your first C program.