Constants in C programming

In C Programming Constants include:

  • integer constant
  • Floating-point constants
  • character constant
  • string constant
  • enumeration constant

Numbers:

int: 1234
unsigned int: 1234u or 1234U
long: 123456l or 123456L
unsigned long: 123456ul or 123456UL
double: 123.4
float: 123.4f or 123.4F
long double: 123.4l or 123.4L

decimal: 31
octal: 037
hexadecimal: 0x1f

unsigned long hexadecimal: 0xful = 15

Character constants

A character constants is an integer

character: ‘0’
decimal: 48
Octal: ‘\060’
Hexadecimal: ‘\x30’

ASCII control code chart

Binary Oct Dec Hex Abbr Name
000 0000 000 0 00 NUL ^@ \0 Null character
000 0001 001 1 01 SOH ^A Start of Header
000 0010 002 2 02 STX ^B Start of Text
000 0011 003 3 03 ETX ^C End of Text
000 0100 004 4 04 EOT ^D End of Transmission
000 0101 005 5 05 ENQ ^E Enquiry
000 0110 006 6 06 ACK ^F Acknowledgment
000 0111 007 7 07 BEL ^G \a Bell
000 1000 010 8 08 BS ^H \b Backspace
000 1001 011 9 09 HT ^I \t Horizontal Tab
000 1010 012 10 0A LF ^J \n Line feed
000 1011 013 11 0B VT ^K \v Vertical Tab
000 1100 014 12 0C FF ^L \f Form feed
000 1101 015 13 0D CR ^M \r Carriage return
000 1110 016 14 0E SO ^N Shift Out
000 1111 017 15 0F SI ^O Shift In
001 0000 020 16 10 DLE ^P Data Link Escape
001 0001 021 17 11 DC1 ^Q Device Control 1 (oft. XON)
001 0010 022 18 12 DC2 ^R Device Control 2
001 0011 023 19 13 DC3 ^S Device Control 3 (oft. XOFF)
001 0100 024 20 14 DC4 ^T Device Control 4
001 0101 025 21 15 NAK ^U Negative Acknowledgment
001 0110 026 22 16 SYN ^V Synchronous idle
001 0111 027 23 17 ETB ^W End of Transmission Block
001 1000 030 24 18 CAN ^X Cancel
001 1001 031 25 19 EM ^Y End of Medium
001 1010 032 26 1A SUB ^Z Substitute
001 1011 033 27 1B ESC ^[ \e Escape
001 1100 034 28 1C FS ^\ File Separator
001 1101 035 29 1D GS ^] Group Separator
001 1110 036 30 1E RS ^^ Record Separator
001 1111 037 31 1F US ^_ Unit Separator
111 1111 177 127 7F DEL ^? Delete

ASCII printable character code chart

Binary Oct Dec Hex Glyph
010 0000 040 32 20 (space)
010 0001 041 33 21 !
010 0010 042 34 22
010 0011 043 35 23 #
010 0100 044 36 24 $
010 0101 045 37 25 %
010 0110 046 38 26 &
010 0111 047 39 27
010 1000 050 40 28 (
010 1001 051 41 29 )
010 1010 052 42 2A *
010 1011 053 43 2B +
010 1100 054 44 2C ,
010 1101 055 45 2D
010 1110 056 46 2E .
010 1111 057 47 2F /
011 0000 060 48 30 0
011 0001 061 49 31 1
011 0010 062 50 32 2
011 0011 063 51 33 3
011 0100 064 52 34 4
011 0101 065 53 35 5
011 0110 066 54 36 6
011 0111 067 55 37 7
011 1000 070 56 38 8
011 1001 071 57 39 9
011 1010 072 58 3A :
011 1011 073 59 3B ;
011 1100 074 60 3C <
011 1101 075 61 3D =
011 1110 076 62 3E >
011 1111 077 63 3F ?
Binary Oct Dec Hex Glyph
100 0000 100 64 40 @
100 0001 101 65 41 A
100 0010 102 66 42 B
100 0011 103 67 43 C
100 0100 104 68 44 D
100 0101 105 69 45 E
100 0110 106 70 46 F
100 0111 107 71 47 G
100 1000 110 72 48 H
100 1001 111 73 49 I
100 1010 112 74 4A J
100 1011 113 75 4B K
100 1100 114 76 4C L
100 1101 115 77 4D M
100 1110 116 78 4E N
100 1111 117 79 4F O
101 0000 120 80 50 P
101 0001 121 81 51 Q
101 0010 122 82 52 R
101 0011 123 83 53 S
101 0100 124 84 54 T
101 0101 125 85 55 U
101 0110 126 86 56 V
101 0111 127 87 57 W
101 1000 130 88 58 X
101 1001 131 89 59 Y
101 1010 132 90 5A Z
101 1011 133 91 5B [
101 1100 134 92 5C \
101 1101 135 93 5D ]
101 1110 136 94 5E ^
101 1111 137 95 5F _
Binary Oct Dec Hex Glyph
110 0000 140 96 60 `
110 0001 141 97 61 a
110 0010 142 98 62 b
110 0011 143 99 63 c
110 0100 144 100 64 d
110 0101 145 101 65 e
110 0110 146 102 66 f
110 0111 147 103 67 g
110 1000 150 104 68 h
110 1001 151 105 69 i
110 1010 152 106 6A j
110 1011 153 107 6B k
110 1100 154 108 6C l
110 1101 155 109 6D m
110 1110 156 110 6E n
110 1111 157 111 6F o
111 0000 160 112 70 p
111 0001 161 113 71 q
111 0010 162 114 72 r
111 0011 163 115 73 s
111 0100 164 116 74 t
111 0101 165 117 75 u
111 0110 166 118 76 v
111 0111 167 119 77 w
111 1000 170 120 78 x
111 1001 171 121 79 y
111 1010 172 122 7A z
111 1011 173 123 7B {
111 1100 174 124 7C |
111 1101 175 125 7D }
111 1110 176 126 7E ~

String constants

“I am a string”
“” /* the empty string
“hell, ” “word”
“hell word”

Difference between character and string

‘x’: an integer used to produce the numeric value of the latter x in the machine’s character set.
“x”: an array of characters that contains ‘x’ and ‘\0’

emumeration constant

enum boolean { NO, YES};
enum months { jan = 1, feb, mar, apr, may, jun, jul, aug, sep, oct, nov, dec}; /* feb =2, mar = 3, etc. */

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