C Programming: Advanced Data Types

Course 5 of 7: Professional Certificate in C Programming with Linux 7 Weeks 2 - 4 Hours per week recommended
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About this course

In this course, part of the C Programming with Linux Professional Certificate program, you will define your own data types in C, and use the newly created types to more efficiently store and process your data.

Many programming languages provide a number of built-in data types to store things such as integers, decimals, and characters in variables, but what if you wanted to store more complex data?

Defining your own data types in C allows you to more efficiently store and process data such as a customer’s name, age and other relevant data, all in one single variable!

This course will provide a hands-on coding experience in a new browser tool developed for this course that will allow you to receive instant feedback on your code. No need to install anything! You will also gain experience with programming concepts that are foundational to any programming language.

At the end of this short course, you will reach the fifth milestone of the C Programming with Linux Professional Certificate program, unlocking the door to a career in computer engineering.

This course has received financial support from the Patrick & Lina Drahi Foundation.

What you’ll learn

  • Define new data types (structures) to store multiple data items in one variable and create, initialize and modify variables of these new types
  • Find and explain the memory usage of a structure and use pointers to structures and the direct and indirect member selection operators to access members of structures
  • Create linked lists of structures with dynamic memory allocation at runtime
  • Sort or search lined lists of structures

Meet your instructors

Petra Bonfert-Taylor

Petra Bonfert-Taylor is a Professor and an Instructional Designer at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. She received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from Technical University of Berlin (Germany) in 1996 and subsequently spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan before accepting a tenure-track position in the Mathematics Department at Wesleyan University. She left Wesleyan as a tenured full professor in 2015 for her current position at Dartmouth College. Petra has published extensively and lectured widely to national and international audiences. Her work has been recognized by the National Science Foundation with numerous research grants. She is equally passionate about her teaching.The recipient of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching at Wesleyan University, the Excellence in Teaching Award at the Thayer School of Engineering and the NH High Tech Council Tech Teacher of the Year Award, Petra has a strong interest in broadening access to high-quality higher education and pedagogical innovations that aid in providing equal opportunities to students from all backgrounds.

Rémi Sharrock

Rémi Sharrock is an associate professor at Telecom ParisTech, IMT, France. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, France in 2010. Rémi’s main research focuses on large scale distributed systems and autonomic computing, as well as their applications to learning at scale. He’s passionate about innovative tools for online learning and has received the “MOOC of the year prize” for two of his french courses on C programming and Linux.
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Duration

7 Weeks

Experience Level

Introductory

Learning Partner

Dartmouth