C Language For loop


Example

In order to execute a block of code over an over again, loops comes into the picture. The for loop is to be used when a block of code is to executed a fixed number of times. For example, in order to fill an array of size n with the user inputs, we need to execute scanf() for n times.

C99
#include <stddef.h>          // for size_t

int array[10];               // array of 10 int

for (size_t i = 0; i < 10; i++)    // i starts at 0 and finishes with 9
{
   scanf("%d", &array[i]);
}

In this way the scanf() function call is executed n times (10 times in our example), but is written only once.

Here, the variable i is the loop index, and it is best declared as presented. The type size_t (size type) should be used for everything that counts or loops through data objects.

This way of declaring variables inside the for is only available for compilers that have been updated to the C99 standard. If for some reason you are still stuck with an older compiler you can declare the loop index before the for loop:

C99
#include <stddef.h>        /* for size_t */
size_t i;
int array[10];             /* array of 10 int */

for (i = 0; i < 10; i++)       /* i starts at 0 and finishes at 9 */
{
   scanf("%d", &array[i]);
}