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1 ARDUINO CLUB Session 1: C & An Introduction to Linux

2 The Big Black Box cd – "Change Directory“ ls – “List Directory Contents” mkdir – "Make Directory" nano – Terminal Text Editor gedit – GUI Text Editor (boring people only) gcc – For compiling your code

3 Using GCC GCC is the ‘GNU Compiler Collection’, and is how we compile our code: gcc -o All C files must end with.c The output file doesn’t need an extension You run it with./

4 Basic Program Outline Pre-processor Commands Function definitions Global Variables Functions

5 Annoying Syntax As with all language, there are some things you must always remember: End most lines with a ‘;’ Start subroutines with a ‘{‘ and end with a ‘}’ Indent with either tabs or spaces, but not both All variables must have their type declared

6 Hello World /* Hello World program */ #include void main(){ printf("Hello World \n"); } This line is a comment, it doesn't run with the program This tells the program to include the "stdio" library, for input & output functions Starts the "main" function Prints "hello world", followed by a new line, to the terminal


8 Variables & Constants Defining Variables: 1. Define its type 2. Name it: No spaces Use camelCase or underscores_like_this, just be consistent 3. Assign its value e.g. "int myNumber = 4;" e.g. "char my_char = D;" For Constants, simply prefix the statement with "const" e.g. "const int constantNumber = 42;"

9 Data Types INT Integer, used for storing whole numbers E.g. 5 LONG Like an integer, used for storing bigger numbers E.g. anything above 32767 or below -32768 FLOAT Used for storing decimals E.g. 3.14159265 CHAR Used for storing letters (can also store numbers because fuck you that"s why) E.g. Y

10 Arrays Arrays are groups of data of the same data type You define them with a type, name and length: e.g. int scores[7] = {1,1,2,3,5,8,13}; e.g. char myLetters[9] = {“d”,"a","n","s","m","e","l","l","s"}; You can address specific items in the array by calling them as arrayName[position], e.g. - scores[2] would be 2 - myLetters[4] would be "m" n.b. computers count from 0, so -1 from what you think the position is

11 Strings Strings are stored as arrays of characters, however we can define them easily with: char *myString = “I Love Strings!” We can also create arrays of strings: char *stringArray[4] = {“I”,”Love”,”Strings”,”So”,”Much”} This means that the array char myLetters[9] = {“d”,"a","n","s","m","e","l","l","s"} Could also be written as: char *myLetters=“dansmells”

12 Scope Scope is the name for where a variable is accessible from A variable with ‘Global’ scope can be accessed from wherever A variable with ‘Local’ scope can only be accessed from within its function #include int x = 4; long function(int x){ printf("%d \n",x); } void main(){ function(5); printf("%d \n",x); }


14 Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Modulus & Powers Addition is done with "+" This works with characters too, but produces some funky outputs: e.g. "d + f = Ê" Subtraction with "-" Same as with addition, works with every data type Multiplication with "*" When using floats, make sure that your result is also a float data type, otherwise it will give an incorrect answer Division with "/" Same as multiplication, make sure your datatypes are correct Modulus with "%" Finds the remainder when two numbers are divided

15 Compound Operators We can use these to make mathematical operations on variables easier to read: x = x + 3 x += 3 x = x - 3 x -= 3 x = x * 3 x *= 3 Etc…


17 scanf() & printf() "scanf()" is used for taking input from the terminal: scanf(“%c”,&myChar); This will wait until the user inputs a character, and will then store it in "myChar" Variables must all be declared first "printf()" is used for outputting to the terminal: printf(“Hello World”); This will output "Hello World" to the terminal printf(“"myNumber is %d”,myNumber); This will output the contents of myNumber to the terminal

18 Formatting Input & Output When inputting & outputting variables, we have to format them correctly: %c for characters, %d for integers, %f for floats


20 "If" Statements These allow us to perform an action, if a condition is met, and otherwise perform another action #include int i; void main(){ printf("Enter a number! \n"); scanf("%d",&i); if (i == 0){ printf("that number was zero \n"); } else { printf("that number was not zero \n"); }

21 Logic Operators == means equal to != means not equal to && means AND || means OR > means greater than < means less than >= means greater than or equal to <= means less than or equal to


23 "While" Loops These allow us to loop code indefinitely until a condition is met: #include //You get the point int x = 0; //Declares x variable void main(){ //Starts main while(x<100){ //Starts while loop with condition x++; //Increases x by one printf("%d \n",x); //Prints value of x }

24 "For" Loops Used for performing actions a set amount of times Also useful for looping through an ARRAY Started by: "for (initialization, condition, increment) {(functions in here)}" Initialization is run only once, and is usually decleration of the condition variable Condition decides when the for loop will stop, once it is false the loop will be exited The increment decides how the condition variable will be increased/decreased #include /* includes stdio library, necessary */ void main(){ // starts main function for (int x = 0; x<100; x++){ // sets how the for loop will run printf("%d \n", x); /* prints "x" until it"s equal to 100, then stops */ }

25 "For" Loops with Arrays We can also iterate through an array with a for loop, as shown below: #include //Necessary int myNum[2]={1,3}; //Defines array int arraySize=sizeof(myNum)/sizeof(int); //Works out length of the array int i=0; //Defines i for iterating void main(){ //Starts main for(i=0;i { "@context": "", "@type": "ImageObject", "contentUrl": "", "name": "For Loops with Arrays We can also iterate through an array with a for loop, as shown below: #include //Necessary int myNum[2]={1,3}; //Defines array int arraySize=sizeof(myNum)/sizeof(int); //Works out length of the array int i=0; //Defines i for iterating void main(){ //Starts main for(i=0;i

26 A Note about Iterating Iterators usually take the form of: Variable++ This will increase "Variable" by one every iteration Variable-- This will decrease "Variable" by one every iteration We aren’t limited to this, an iterator can have any mathematic function applied to it, however these are the most common


28 Why use functions? Less repeated code Easier to fix bad code Neater

29 Defining Functions Defining a function is very easy, it goes like so: return_type function_name(arguments,with,datatypes){ /* code goes here*/ } Just remember to define them before you call them!

30 Calling Functions Calling a function is even easier: function_name(arguments);

31 Variables can be functions too! If we do x = functionName(arguments) x will then hold the return value of the function ‘functionName’

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