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course The C programming language

This training is OS platform-independent

The course The C programming language covers one of the most influential programming languages of this time. You'll learn the syntax of the language and how to use the standard library that is part of the language definition. These topics are, under the guidance of the instructor, trained with practical lab exercises.

After this course you you'll be able write C programs on your own or participating with others in larger projects. Read more >>>

Target audience

  • Programmers planning to write in this language, independent of the intended platform (Linux/UNIX, Windows,...)
  • Programmers looking for a mastering of the C language as a foundation for a study of the C++ language.

The full course takes 4 days. The first two days within this program provide a sufficient foundation of prerequisite knowledge to continue learning the C++ language.

Module Duration Which days Price  Register now
In-company course (webpage in Dutch)
Prices excl 21% VAT pp.
(days) within the course in 2018
C++ prerequisite knowledge base 2 1 and 2   € 1080,-
Full course 4 1, 2, 3 and 4   € 1950,-

The registration form for this course provides the facilities to select the two-day module only, if desired.


This course will be scheduled by request only, or as an in-company training. Our course administration maintains a waiting list of interested individuals. Joining that list is without obligation whatsoever.

More information

'C', from UNIX-language to general use.

The C programming language was originally designed to facilitate the construction of the UNIX operating system. In the eighties of the last century the popularity expanded far outside the UNIX-community. Since 1989 an ISO/ANSI language standard was established, which was revised in 1999 and 2011. An important part of this standard is the specification of several hundred "standard C library" functions.

C-compilers are available for a large number of computers and operating systems. Many everyday applications are written in C: administrative, commercial and technical. Properly written programs are highly exchangeable between many different computer environments.

Prerequisite knowledge

This course assumes basic programming skills to be present already. The emphasis is on the language details.

Technical content of the course

This course covers the syntax of the C language, and the routines of the standard library. Language and library specifications are presented according to the ISO/ANSI-standaard.

Topics covered on days 1 and 2:

  • This part of the course provides sufficient prerequisite knowledge for those who want to continue with the C++ programming language.
  • Introduction to C: Function lay out, variables, constants, declarations, prototyping, data types, arrays, operators, control constructs, calling functions and passing arguments, flow of control.
  • Advanced topics: Special operators, storage classes, structures.
  • Compilation and syntax-checking: The compilation process, the preprocessor, include-files.
  • Pointers.

Topics covered on days 3 and 4:

  • Printf, scanf, string-manipulation.
  • Typedefs, unions and enums.
  • The standard I/O-library: Buffered I/O, the seekpointer, direct I/O, character I/O, formatted I/O.
  • Standard ISO/ANSI C-libraries: Character-handling, memory-manipulation, string-manipulation, functions for date and time, dynamic memory allocation, linked lists, sorting, conversion functions.
  • Portability: avoidable pitfalls.

Not covered during this course:

  • Basic programming skills. These are covered by our course (Dutch language only): "Leren programmeren met C".
  • Advanced system calls in a Linux environment. These are covered by our course (available in English language): "Linux system programming".


Course attendees receive a student kit containing copies of the presentation, lab exercises, and answers to the exercises.


Shortly after the course the student will receive a certificate as a proof of participation.

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