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C and Embedded C Programming

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Uplatz provides this comprehensive course on C and Embedded C Programming. It is a self-paced course consisting of pre-recorded video lectures. You will be awarded Course Completion Certificate at the end of the course.

C is a powerful general-purpose programming language. It can be used to develop software like operating systems, databases, compilers, and so on. C programming is an excellent language to learn to program for beginners.

C programs range from those that are quite simple to those that are very complex. In the embedded world, many programs will tend toward the simple side of the spectrum, and the basic programming elements described below provide a good foundation for further study of C-language firmware development.

Earlier, many embedded applications were developed using assembly level programming. However, they did not provide portability. This disadvantage was overcome by the advent of various high-level languages like C, Pascal, and COBOL. However, it was the C language that got extensive acceptance for embedded systems, and it continues to do so. The C code written is more reliable, scalable, and portable; and in fact, much easier to understand. Embedded C Programming is the soul of the processor functioning inside each and every embedded system we come across in our daily life, such as mobile phones, washing machines, and digital cameras. Each processor is associated with embedded software. The first and foremost thing is the embedded software that decides to function of the embedded system. Embedded C language is most frequently used to program the microcontroller.


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Features of C Programming

  • Procedural Language - Instructions in a C program are executed step by step.
  • Portable - You can move C programs from one platform to another, and run it without any or minimal changes.
  • Speed - C programming is faster than most programming languages like Java, Python, etc.
  • General Purpose - C programming can be used to develop operating systems, embedded systems, databases, and so on.

Why learn C Programming

  • C helps you to understand the internal architecture of a computer, how computer stores and retrieves information.
  • After learning C, it will be much easier to learn other programming languages like Java, Python, etc.
  • Opportunity to work on open source projects. Some of the largest open-source projects such as Linux kernel, Python interpreter, SQLite database, etc. are written in C programming.

What is C Language?
C language was developed by Dennis Ritchie in 1969. It is a collection of one or more functions, and every function is a collection of statements performing a specific task.
C language is a middle-level language as it supports high-level applications and low-level applications. Before going into the details of embedded C programming, we should know about RAM memory organization.

The main features of the C language include the following.

C language is software designed with different keywords, data types, variables, constants, etc.
Embedded C is a generic term given to a programming language written in C, which is associated with a particular hardware architecture.
Embedded C is an extension to the C language with some additional header files. These header files may change from controller to controller.
The microcontroller 8051 is used.
What is an Embedded C Programming
In every embedded system based projects, Embedded C programming plays a key role to make the microcontroller run & perform the preferred actions. At present, we normally utilize several electronic devices like mobile phones, washing machines, security systems, refrigerators, digital cameras, etc. The controlling of these embedded devices can be done with the help of an embedded C program. For example in a digital camera, if we press a camera button to capture a photo then the microcontroller will execute the required function to click the image as well as to store it.

Embedded C Programming
Embedded C Programming
Embedded C programming builds with a set of functions where every function is a set of statements that are utilized to execute some particular tasks. Both the embedded C and C languages are the same and implemented through some fundamental elements like a variable, character set, keywords, data types, declaration of variables, expressions, statements. All these elements play a key role while writing an embedded C program.

The embedded system designers must know about the hardware architecture to write programs. These programs play a prominent role in monitoring and controlling external devices. They also directly operate and use the internal architecture of the microcontroller, such as interrupt handling, timers, serial communication, and other available features.

Embedded System Programming
As we discussed earlier, the designing of an embedded system can be done using Hardware & Software. For instance, in a simple embedded system, the processor is the main module that works like the heart of the system. Here a processor is nothing but a microprocessor, DSP, microcontroller, CPLD & FPGA. All these processors are programmable so that it defines the working of the device.

An Embedded system program allows the hardware to check the inputs & control outputs accordingly. In this procedure, the embedded program may have to control the internal architecture of the processor directly like Timers, Interrupt Handling, I/O Ports, serial communications interface, etc.

So embedded system programming is very important to the processor. There are different programming languages are available for embedded systems such as C, C++, assembly language, JAVA, JAVA script, visual basic, etc. So this programming language plays a key role while making an embedded system but choosing the language is very essential.

Steps to Build an Embedded C Program
There are different steps involved in designing an embedded c program like the following.

Directives of Processor
Configuration of Port
Global variables
Core Function/Main Function
Declaration of Variable
The logic of the Program

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Career path

  • C Programmer
  • Embedded C Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Embedded Engineer
  • C, C++ Developer
  • Embedded Applications Developer

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