This is the main parent page for C programming. The information in the following child pages is mostly geared towards C programming in an embedded environment, although there are some parts dedicated to programming on Linux and other environments.
Endless loops are usually used in embedded programming for the main function. They are used to keep the code running continuously, since exiting the main function from most embedded systems is undefined (and why would you want to?). In a non-scheduler based environment (i.e., no operating system), it is commonly called the “main loop”. The only code not placed inside (or called from) the main loop is the initialisation code and interrupt handlers. Two common ways of making an endless loop are:
In an embedded operating system based environment, there may be more than one endless loop. Typically, there is one per concurrent task or process (such as with FreeRTOS). An interrupt driven scheduler controls which loop the processor is currently executing by changing the CPU’s instruction pointer.
The Joint Strike Fighter C++ Coding Standards (semi-applicable to C also). Created by Lockheed Martin. A bit of a hefty read (I would never read this cover-to-cover unless I had too), but there is some good stuff in there. It can be viewed here.
There are programs out there which format and tidy up your code. One such example is AStyle (or Artistic Style), a open-source program which is a:
...source code indenter, formatter, and beautifier for the C, C++, C# and Java programming languages
Click here to visit their website.
The C library reference (http://www.cplusplus.com/reference/clibrary/) provides good explanations on standard functions that are included with the C programming language, organised by file and then by function. Also check out the GNU C Pre-processor reference.
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