Identifiers in C

‘C ‘ Tokens:

In ‘C’ program the smallest individual units are called as tokens.
There are six types of tokens:
1. Identifiers.
2. Keywords
3. Constants
4. Strings
5. Operators

C’ character set: The ‘C’ character set denotes any alphabet, digit or special symbol used to represent information.
Following are the valid alphabets, numbers and special symbols allowed in C:

Alphabets                   A,B,………………………Z;a,b,……………………….z
Digits                           0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Special symbols         ! @ # % ^ & * ( ) _ – + = | \{ }, [ ], < > ” , ? / .



A C identifier is a name used to identify a variable, function, or any other user-defined item.An identifier starts with a letter A to Z or a to z or an underscore _ followed by zero or more letters, underscores, and digits (0 to 9). C does not allow punctuation characters such as -, @, and % within identifiers. C is a case sensitive programming language. Thus, Demo and demo are two different identifiers in C.

Ex:Valid Identifiers: Foo _demo abc move_name a_123 myname50 _temp j a23b9 retVal
Invalid Identifiers: 1Demo a-123, demo@dss, a%b


Keywords are predefined tokens in C. These are also called as reserved words. Keywords have special meaning to
the C compiler. These words cannot be used for general purpose other than to which they are intended for.

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