Programming C ,Python 3.x

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Please install Python from this before proceeding further. I will refer to C as well for better understanding of Python. I had discussed about use of Eclipse IDE for practice in C .

The latest C standard has seen many changes since 1978. The history provides a summary about features of original K & R , ANSI C, C89 or C90 ,C95,C99,C11 and C18 . So if you observe some unexpected result or error, verify the version being used.  Similarly take a note of Python version being discussed if you don’t see any similar feature in your installation. Latest versions should have backward compatibility.

Same thing applies to Python as well. Python major version differences are described here. I am using python 3.6.6

C Keywords

C Keywords snapshot from WiKi


What is the size of int 2 bytes or 4 bytes ? 

Please refer to Type Layout of  AVR ABI  for various data type sizes to be used in C programming of AVR based devices. The C/C++ data type int is defined as 2 bytes. You may find data type detail of ARM architecture here . The C/C++ data type int is mapped to signed word of 4 bytes. It is generally 4 bytes in 32/64 bit systems.

  • Array defines  multiple data elements of same type:   Ex int marks[]
  • struct defines multiple data elements of different types:
  • In C++ , struct or  class can define  multiple data elements of different types along with function. class provides many other features such  as Inheritance, Polymorphism, Abstraction,Encapsulation etc. The instance of a class is called object and so C++ is called OOPS (Object Oriented Programming System).
Python Keywords


If you compare keyword in C and Python, one major change is absence of data types. That is the main reason for popularity of Python in non-programming background professionals. So data memory management is being taken care automatically by Interpreter.

Identifier: User defined names for variables,functions,structure etc

Both C and Python have rules to define valid identifier. A sequence of digits and letters can form a valid identifier provided it is not part of Keywords list. It can also has _ symbol. In C,  If  you may validate this during compilation. However in Python, there is no offline compilation so you can verify this in two parts :

  • Is the defined name a keyword ? If False then do second step
  • Is the defined name a valid Identifier ?


Variable : Storage with a symbolic name (Identifier)

In C, You must declare a variable before use.

  • int count ;

In Python, You must initialize a variable before use. Variables are actually objects here and data type is dynamic.

  • >>> myvar='temp'
    >>> type(myvar)
    <class 'str'>
    >>> myvar=21
    >>> type(myvar)
    <class 'int'>

C allocates a memory location to a variable but Python allocates unique ID to object for its lifetime. This ID is for internal purpose of Interpreter.

  • >>> temp=1
    >>> id(temp)
    >>> temp=2.5
    >>> id(temp)
    >>> id(1)
    >>> id(2.5)
    >>> type(temp)
    <class 'float'>

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