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(This is not a homework assignment although i am taking a C class right now)

I want to do stuff i havn't learned yet and i can't find my answers in the text book. I don't know what terms to look up in the index.

1. First how do i write a C program that takes command line parameters (i.e. format c:) the "c:" part being what i call a parameter. what is it really called?

2. Could i use some of this C programming that i am using for something that would actually be useful to me instead of some assignment where i convert temperatures. I want to make a small program that can be put on one of those free space servers (like geocites) and will run when someone downloads something, but it keeps track of how many times it downloads.

example:
<a href="myprogram.exe fileToDownload">click here to download</a>

end

where each time "myprogram.exe" is run it outputs a 1 to a file or gets the number in the file and adds 1 to it.

i can do that last part already just need to know if the rest is possible?


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Paul SAuthor Commented:
i created a webpage to help with a few computer problems i have had. i posted messages saying i fixed my problem email me for help. i then got lots of messages so i created a page to do the work i was doing by email. i want to right the program i mentioned to see if anyone is downloading the files i put out to help.

site = "http://www.geocities.com/pspagnola/computer.html"
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sunnycoderCommented:
>. First how do i write a C program that takes command line parameters (i.e. format c:) the "c:" part being what i call a >arameter. what is it really called?
command line arguments ... look into argc and argv .... argc is number of commandline arguments while argv is a char * array which actually holds the command line arguments ... they are accessed in your C program as
int main ( int argc, char * argv[] )

>2. Could i use some of this C programming that i am using for something that would actually be useful to me instead of some >assignment where i convert temperatures. I want to make a small program that can be put on one of those free space >servers (like geocites) and will run when someone downloads something, but it keeps track of how many times it downloads.
You can use C to build a lot of useful things but I am afraid that C is not the best language to build web related tools...
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sunnycoderCommented:
geocities anyway gives you stats for which page was access how many times... I am not sure if geocities would allow you to run your programs at their servers
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Paul SAuthor Commented:
which language is the best for web related tools?
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sunnycoderCommented:
>which language is the best for web related tools?
I think you can get a better answer in the web development topic area... I have no experience with web programming
As a generic rule, the choice of language depends on the functionality desired and the application.
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Paul SAuthor Commented:
is it possible to create a windows xp restore point using C code? can it be done using the system command code like from a command prompt? i'm no sure how to create a restore point except throught the start menu.
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sunnycoderCommented:
sorry ... not much idea about window$
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Paul SAuthor Commented:
thanks anyways.
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