Thread: Trying to get some guidelines

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    Trying to get some guidelines

    What would you guys say a programmer must know before using a standard library function?

    I guess what I'm trying to say is if I use stdio.h i needed to know I planned on using printf. Is there anything else I really must take into consideration before going to the library functions?

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    Where the manual pages are would be one requirement.

    I know pretty much what the functionality of the standard library is.

    But on a day to day basis, I don't remember what all the parameters are, or what all the status results are. Nor have I memorised every last nuance of say printf or scanf.

    Basically, I know enough about the standard library to avoid having to reinvent the wheel.
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