3 C Compiler Tips to Make Projects Easier


A C compiler is part of the toolkit for programmers. Without it, we'd still be manually flipping binary switches — an approach that, suffice it to say, isn't going to get any large-scale software project done this century. But the use of a C compiler doesn't automatically guarantee its optimization.

Here are three tips to help you increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your software implementations:

1. Pick the right C compiler: Determining the scope of your project at its outset can help eliminate interoperability snafus down the road. Your C compiler selection could limit the scope of your project. C has a standard, but not all compilers are necessarily compliant. You can still get results using a noncompliant C compiler, but if you need to ramp up quickly, it likely makes sense to find one that is.

2, Work within the limitations of the C compiler: There are some easy things you can do to confuse the C compiler. One of the most common is adding too many layers of function calls. Because the compiler needs a lot of computing power to perform its analysis, building up the function calls it has to navigate can prolong compile time and decrease the integrity of the analysis.

3. Check out extra library features: There are many hidden gems in the C compiler library. Functions such as qsort(), stripbrk(), bsearch() and strcspn() can help improve search and sorting in your code. Using them can reduce the amount of effort needed to scan your code for a specific string.

By selecting the right C compiler for your needs and exploring its additional features, you can heighten the speed and quality of your software deployments.

Optimizing your C compiler isn't the only aspect of a thriving programming platform. Got a tip or trick to help our readers? Let us know in the comments. Just launching your programming career? Check out this post on some of the top tech sites for novice developers (and for experts, too).