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Approx. 20 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 6–8 hours/week...
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English

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Specialization
100% online

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 20 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 6–8 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Module 1: Interacting with the user and system

So far, our programs have had a rather limited interaction with the user or rest of the system, printing some results to standard output (typically to the terminal). Now that we have learned about topics such as strings and arrays, we are ready to learn how to write a program that takes input from the user, takes arguments on the command line, accesses files, and does many other things we typically think of real programs as doing. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 16 min), 16 readings, 5 quizzes
Video5 videos
Reading a File with fgetc4m
Reading a File with fgets5m
Writing to a File2m
Closing a File2m
Reading16 readings
Assignment 24_read_arr330m
Introduction to the Operating System10m
Errors from System Calls10m
Command Line Arguments10m
Complex Option Processing10m
The Environment Pointer10m
Process Creation10m
Opening a File10m
Reading a File10m
Reading a File with fgets10m
Reading a File with fread10m
Assignment 25_break_encrm
Writing to Files10m
Closing Files10m
Other Interactions10m
Assignments 26_tests_matrix_input and 27_matrix_inputm
Quiz5 practice exercises
The Operating System6m
Command Line Arguments and Process Creation6m
Opening Files and fgetc6m
Reading encryption.c6m
Writing and Closing Files8m
Week
2
Hours to complete
8 hours to complete

Module 2: Dynamic allocation

So far, most of the memory we have used has been located on the stack. Dynamic memory allocation gives a programmer much more flexibility, in that it allows you to request a specific amount memory to be allocated on the heap, so that it will not disappear with the stack frame of the calling function....
Reading
7 videos (Total 24 min), 19 readings, 5 quizzes
Video7 videos
Mechanics of free2m
Code with a Memory Leak2m
Three Common Problems When Using free1m
Call to realloc4m
Reading a File with getline5m
Combining getline and realloc4m
Reading19 readings
Motivation for Dynamic Allocation10m
malloc10m
Fixing initArray10m
More Complex Structures10m
Shallow vs. Deep Copying10m
free10m
Memory Leaks10m
A Dynamic Memory Allocation Analogy10m
Common Problems with free10m
realloc10m
getline10m
Valgrind's Memcheck10m
Uninitialized Values10m
Invalid Reads and Writes10m
Valgrind with GDB10m
Dynamic Allocation Issues10m
memcheck.h3m
Other Valgrind Tools3m
Assignments 28_fix_vg_encr, 29_outname, 30_sort_lines, and 31_minesweeperm
Quiz5 practice exercises
malloc6m
free8m
realloc4m
getline8m
Valgrind's Memcheck20m
Week
3
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Module 3: Programming in the Large

So far, we have focused exclusively on programming in the small—designing the algorithm for a small-sized task, implementing it, testing it, and debugging it. This module discusses three main differences that "real" programs exhibit. 1) They tend to be much larger than those we have written. 2) More than one person works on them, sometimes teams of hundreds to thousands. 3) Real software has a long life-span during which it must be maintained. Now that you have an understanding of the basics of programming in the small, we are ready to begin learning about programming in the large!...
Reading
2 videos (Total 6 min), 21 readings, 2 quizzes
Video2 videos
Roster Planning5m
Reading21 readings
Analogy to Writing10m
Abstraction3m
The Seven-Item Limit10m
Hierarchical Abstraction10m
Readability2m
Function Size2m
Naming4m
Formatting10m
Commenting and Documentation10m
Team Considerations5m
Git2m
Past Versions5m
Collaboration3m
Multiple Versions of the Present5m
Read More2m
Problem Description5m
Planning the High-Level Algorithm7m
Writing and Testing readInput10m
Finishing the Program10m
Even Larger Programs5m
Assignments 32_kvs, 33_counts, and 34_put_togetherm
Quiz2 practice exercises
Abstraction6m
Readability6m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Module 4: Poker Project

In this module, you will complete the Poker Project! Now that you know about dynamic memory allocation, user input, and how to program in the large, you can write the final parts of the program. You will write code to read in a file with a hand of cards and code to choose unknown cards from a shuffled deck. As you program with more sophisticated data structures, the importance of drawing good pictures will increase. Happy programming!...
Reading
1 video (Total 4 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Reading1 reading
Poker Project: Final Partm

Instructors

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Andrew D. Hilton

Associate Professor of the Practice
Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Anne Bracy

Senior Lecturer
Computer Science, Cornell University
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Genevieve M. Lipp

Adjunct Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering/Mechanical Engineering

About Duke University

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About the Introduction to Programming in C Specialization

This specialization develops strong programming fundamentals for learners who want to solve complex problems by writing computer programs. Through four courses, you will learn to develop algorithms in a systematic way and read and write the C code to implement them. This will prepare you to pursue a career in software development or other computational fields. Successful completion of this Specialization will be considered by admissions as a demonstration of your skill and enhance your master’s application to Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering....
Introduction to Programming in C

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