August 25th, 2004, 01:57 AM
Re: Silly question
As Lepeicaun said, it is were you can take C code written for one operating system and and modify it so it can run on another operating system.
Originally posted here by LordWire
What is meant by "c" being portable
(Example: Taking a source code written for Windows, and modify it so it will work on the Mac.)
For example, if we were to look at this code
This application would run fine on a Windows/Dos system, but when I compile and run the same code on my Slackware system I would get an error because the command "cls" is not a valid Bash command. In order to get this code to work on Linux I would need to modify it (port it) to Linux and change the system("cls"); part to system("clear"); as shown below
and then it would work without problems on Linux. I hope this explains it. I more then likely confused you. I would do a quick search on Google and look up the term "Porting" and "Port Code" and you should find a definition you should understand.