Andy Lester

Technology, careers, life and being happy

I’ll be presenting “Just Enough C for Open Source Projects” July 19th at Software Craftsmanship McHenry

| 2 Comments

For programmers raised on high-level languages like Perl, Java and PHP, working on a C project can be daunting. Still, many open source projects work at a low-level in C to take advantage of the power and speed of working close to the machine. Whether it’s Perl, Postgres or Linux, C is what makes it run.

This session will provide a high-level overview of C, aimed specifically at the programmer wanting to get involved in a C-based open source project. We’ll cover:

  • Nothing in C is DWIM (“Do what I mean”)
  • Numeric types, strings and structures
  • Memory management: the heap, the stack, and pointers
  • Using the preprocessor
  • Understanding compiler warnings
  • Memory checking with valgrind
  • How to navigate a large C-based open source project (ctags, etc)
  • Security, or, how the Bad Guys smash the stack

Sign up at mchenry.softwarecraftsmanship.org.

2 Comments

  1. Would you be putting your slides w/ ntoes (or a video) up of the talk afterwards for those far away from the meetup? I know I would be interested:)

  2. Already available here: http://www.slideshare.net/petdance/just-enough-c-for-open-source-programmers

    But I’ll be making modifications (and bug fixes) for Tuesday’s talk.

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *.