C Programming

This section is dedicated to C Programming.

Some reason to learn C:

  1. The Kernel of Linux is written in C, so like any other Android Operating System (but also Windows..).
  2. C is the language used to write other programming language (for example Python).
  3. C is the best programming language to interact with hardware (drivers are normally written in C / C++)
  4. One more thing about C : it is a language that allows to manage the memory allocation. This give the developer the possibility to write very efficient and fast program compared to other Programming Language

We start this section with a small example of C manipulating string. We assume that you have some basic knowledge of C.

The first program of this C-series is about manipulation of String.

The objective is to write a small program that takes a coded message and decode it.

To decode it, the program will reverse the string, put everything in lower and strip any character that is not a letter.

For example: if the input is the following:

Sei%%23r!eS eh$T eg!a#ugnaL g!n”im$m&a&r&g9or/P// C

The output will be “C Programming Language The SerieS”

Lets review the important part of the program. The full program will be available in the link below.

The program will use 2 pointer functions type char. The first function will reverse the string.

The second will decode it

We will use the library string but also the stdlib (the latter used for the malloc function)

Note: replace (def op) with the & char in the below code.

#include <stdio.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <stdlib.h>

char *rev(char *p, int l);
char *decode(char *p, int l);
char *freem(char *p);

int main() {

	char *p; //Original input
	int l;	// Measure the string
	p=(char*)malloc(200*sizeof(char)); //allocate memory to the pointer
	printf("Please enter an input string:");
	freem(p); // Memory is freed

	return 0;


char *rev(char *p, int l) {

	int c=0;
	char *r;
	for (int i=l-1;i>=0;i--) {
		strncat(r,(def op)p[i],1);
	return r;

char *decode(char *p, int l) {

	char *r;
	char x;
	char xint;


	for (int i=1;i<l;i++) {
		if (p[i]==' ') {
			strncat(r,(def op)p[i],1);

		else {
			if ((xint>=65) &amp;&amp; (xint<=90)) {
				strncat(r,(def op)p[i],1);

			if ((xint>=97) &amp;&amp; (xint<=122)) {
				strncat(r,(def op)p[i],1);


	return r;

char *freem(char *p) {

	return p;


Line 9-24 is the main block of the program.

In line 11 we declare a pointer and in line 13 we allocate memory using malloc.

Then we read the input from the user using fgets(line 15). In line 16 we measure how long is the string.

Then we call our first function to reverse the string.

char *rev(char *p, int l) {    
    int c=0;
    char *r;
    for (int i=l-1;i>=0;i--) {
    return r;

This function take 2 inputs : one char pointer and an integer. The integer represents the length of the string.

The function has a variable pointer variable type char r. As done previously we allocated 200 bytes to the pointer to this variable(r).

To reverse the string is done with a loop until i>=0 : the loop will take the char &p[i] and concatenate it with a char pointer (r). The operation is done until i=0. In each iteration the variable l is reduced by one.

Once the char pointer is returned to the main program we call another function: the decode function.

The decode function (line 18) takes 2 inputs: a char pointer and an integer measuring the length of the string. A pointer is allocated memory like before (200 bytes). The a loop starts (line 47):

For each char of p[i] a check is done to verify if it is a space. If that is the case the space is contacted with the pointer .

To concatenate we use the function strncat (line 49). strncat is a function included in the string library.

If the condition above is not met (char is not a space) first we cast the char to an integer number using the expression


Then we verify whether:

A) the corresponding integer number is between 65 and 09 (A-Z). In this case the character is added to string by concatenation.

B) the corresponding integer number is between 97 and 122 (a-z). Also in that case the character is added to the string by concatenation.

A char pointer (r) is returned to the main program.

Then we free the memory and set the pointer equal to NULL.

Here some examples

Example 1
Example 2


Here a little program in Python to Encrypt your message

The program will reverse the string that the user is providing.

To reverse the string the program will use the ASCII Table.

The program will:

  1. Convert all chars to lower case
  2. Initiate a loop in the string
  3. For each char that is different from a separator (” “)
  4. Convert the char character to ASCII code
  5. Calculate the differential between the ASCII Code of the Character and the ASCII Code 97 (letter a)
  6. Substract from 122 (letter z) the different al in the previous point
  7. Build the String by concatenating each char

Here is the code:

Python Code – Simple Encrypting Program

a=input("Please give me a string")
for x in a:
    if (x!=" "):
             mys=mys+" "


Here is a small version of the Program using QT interface