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    Exercises For Better Programming

    Hey guys, I am in school for Computer Science. I enjoy programming and really want to develop into a strong programmer. Please post exercises (for C) that will make me a better programmer.

    I am a beginner still, so don't go too challenging on me. Things that require the uses of pointers will help me learn a lot because I am not too strong on pointers.

    Also, I would love to hear about real world examples of what you guys do in programming. Right now my labs have me doing things that seem quite arbitrary. Thanks all!

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    I think there has been a thread on this subject a while ago where people posted various exercises. You may want to do a search on this forum to find it. I think it was started by matthayzon89.

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    1. Get rid of gets(). Never ever ever use it again. Replace it with fgets() and use that instead.
    2. Get rid of void main and replace it with int main(void) and return 0 at the end of the function.
    3. Get rid of conio.h and other antiquated DOS crap headers.
    4. Don't cast the return value of malloc, even if you always always always make sure that stdlib.h is included.

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    Quote Originally Posted by askinne2 View Post
    Also, I would love to hear about real world examples of what you guys do in programming. Right now my labs have me doing things that seem quite arbitrary. Thanks all!
    Only arbitrary in that they may not be things you'd be called on in real world programming. But I'm betting the concepts you are working through will carry you well when you encounter the little examples as part of a much larger project.

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    >Please post exercises (for C) that will make me a better programmer.
    In the past I've always suggested that a good way to improve is to frequent these forums. Try to answer the questions and solve the problems posted, even if you don't actually reply with your answer. Of course, replying with an answer and having it corrected is also a good way to learn.
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    Stick around for a few days, there are any number of homework questions which you could try to tackle for your own education and amusement.

    Or google "programming contests"
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    Project Euler is a collection of problems that I like - they start out fairly easy and get harder.

    Most (though not all) have a slightly mathematical bent. They're not geared towards any particular language, which is half-way to being like real-life problems - you need to solve whatever problem it is that you need to solve, and the problem doesn't care what language you use. Additionally, after you've done each problem you can see others' solutions and learn from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGraham View Post
    Project Euler is a collection of problems that I like - they start out fairly easy and get harder.

    Most (though not all) have a slightly mathematical bent. They're not geared towards any particular language, which is half-way to being like real-life problems - you need to solve whatever problem it is that you need to solve, and the problem doesn't care what language you use. Additionally, after you've done each problem you can see others' solutions and learn from them.
    This looks awesome! I am going to start these right away. Has anyone here been able to solve all of them or a large amount of them?

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