ok this is a weird one

10 Mar 2018 | | C

“Ok…this is a weird one…”

There are no strings in C

There is no string type in C. They are defined as an array of characters. The difference between a string and a character array is that a string has the special character ‘\0’ in it’s last position.

Example program defining and using a string as a parameter

int main()
    // declaring string
    char str[50];
    // reading string
    scanf("%s",str);     // look ma no &str!
    // print string
    return 0;

C the Weird Parts Book : the scanf function takes a pointer to its parameter, but in the code above an ‘&’ which defines a pointer is not required, because a string is an array, and the variable str without the brackets [] represents the base address of the string array. Weird.

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