C Tutorial C programming cleverness and Ego issues
Introduction to C language
Integer types
Char constants
Int constants
Type combination and promotion
Int overflow
Floating point types
Assignment operator
Int vs float arithmatic
Mathematical operators
Unary Increment Operators
Pre and Post Variations
C Programming Cleverness and Ego Issues
Relational Operators
Logical Operators
Bitwise Operators
Other Assignment Operators





Relying on the difference between the pre and post variations of these operators is a

classic area of C programmer ego showmanship. The syntax is a little tricky. It makes the

code a little shorter. These qualities drive some C programmers to show off how clever

they are. C invites this sort of thing since the language has many areas (this is just one

example) where the programmer can get a complex effect using a code which is short and



If I want j to depend on i's value before the increment, I write...


j = (i + 10);




Or if I want to j to use the value after the increment, I write...



j = (i + 10);



Now then, isn't that nicer? (editorial) Build programs that do something cool rather than programs which flex the language's syntax. Syntax -- who cares?

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