In a past tutorial we looked at variables and how to declare them. Today, we will be taking a look at modifiers. A modifier in a programming language will essentially restrict or change the variable type to only accept a subset of possible conditions.
Any modifiers used in C will appear in this standard format:
modifier variable_type = variable_value;
A size modifier will affect the size of any data type in C. The size of primitive data in C (ints, chars, etc.) depends on the word length of the microprocessor. In general, the word length of an integer is the word length of the microprocessor. Below I have listed the only two size modifiers found in the C programming language:
short -- applies only to integers long -- applies only to integers and doubles
A sign modifier is responsible for making a data type signed or unsigned. Both of these modifiers are used to affect the range of a data type. Below I have listed the two sign modifiers used in C:
signed -- applies only to characters or integers unsigned -- applies only to characters or integers
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