Jenis Data Berstruktur di C Dijelaskan

Terdapat pemboleh ubah dari berbagai jenis data dalam C, seperti ints, chars, dan floats. Dan mereka membiarkan anda menyimpan data.

Dan kami mempunyai susunan untuk mengumpulkan kumpulan data dari jenis data yang sama.

Tetapi pada hakikatnya, kita tidak akan selalu mempunyai kemewahan untuk memiliki data hanya satu jenis. Di situlah struktur muncul dalam gambar. Dalam artikel ini, kita akan mengetahui lebih lanjut mengenai jenis data berstruktur di C.

Isi kandungan

A. Asas

  1. Definisi dan Deklarasi
  2. Permulaan dan Mengakses Anggota Struktur
  3. Beroperasi dengan Struktur Pembolehubah
  4. Susunan Struktur
  5. Struktur Bersarang

B. Peruntukan Ingatan

  1. Penjajaran Data
  2. Pelapisan Struktur
  3. Penjajaran Anggota Struktur
  4. Pembungkusan Struktur

C. Penunjuk

  1. Penunjuk sebagai Ahli
  2. Penunjuk ke Struktur
  3. Penunjuk dan Susunan Struktur

D. Fungsi

  1. Berfungsi sebagai Ahli
  2. Struktur sebagai Hujah Fungsi
  3. Struktur sebagai Fungsi Kembali

E. Struktur Rujukan Kendiri

F. Kesimpulannya

Mari kita mulakan, adakah kita?

Asas

1. Definisi dan Deklarasi

Struktur adalah kumpulan satu atau lebih pemboleh ubah, mungkin dari pelbagai jenis, dikelompokkan di bawah satu nama. Ia adalah jenis data yang ditentukan pengguna .

Mereka membantu mengatur data yang rumit dalam program besar, kerana mereka membenarkan sekumpulan pemboleh ubah yang berkaitan secara logik diperlakukan sebagai satu.

Sebagai contoh, pelajar boleh memiliki sifat nama, umur, jantina dan markah. Kita boleh membuat chararray aktor untuk name, intpemboleh ubah eger untuk roll, charpemboleh ubah aktor untuk jantina, dan intarray eger untuk marks.

Tetapi jika terdapat 20 atau 100 pelajar, sukar untuk menangani pemboleh ubah tersebut.

Kami dapat menyatakan struktur menggunakan structkata kunci mengikut sintaks seperti di bawah:

 /* Syntax */ struct structureName { dataType memberVariable1; datatype memberVariable2; ... }; /* Example */ struct student { char name[20]; int roll; char gender; int marks[5]; }; 

Pernyataan di atas menentukan jenis data baru struct student. Setiap pembolehubah jenis data ini akan terdiri daripada name[20], roll, genderdan marks[5]. Ini dikenali sebagai anggota struktur.

Setelah struktur dinyatakan sebagai jenis data baru, maka pemboleh ubah jenis data tersebut dapat dibuat.

 /* Variable declaration */ struct structureName structureVariable; /* Example /* struct student st1; struct student st2,st3,st4; 

Setiap pemboleh ubah struct studentmempunyai salinan anggota.

Beberapa nugget penting:

  1. Anggota struktur tidak menempati memori sehingga pemboleh ubah struktur dibuat.
  2. Anda mungkin menyedari kami menggunakan structsebagai deklarasi pemboleh ubah juga. Bukankah itu membosankan?

Dengan menggunakan typedefkata kunci dalam deklarasi struktur, kita tidak boleh menulis structlagi.

typedef struct students { char name[20]; int roll; char gender; int marks[5]; } STUDENT; /* or */ typedef struct { char name[20]; int roll; char gender; int marks[5]; } STUDENT; STUDENT st1,st2,st3,st4; 

Secara konvensional, huruf besar digunakan untuk definisi jenis (seperti STUDENT).

3. Definisi struktur dan deklarasi pemboleh ubah boleh digabungkan seperti di bawah.

struct student { char name[20]; int roll; chat gender; int marks[5]; }st1, st2, st3, st4; 

4. Penggunaan structureNameadalah pilihan. Kod di bawah ini benar-benar sah.

struct { char name[20]; int roll; char gender; int marks[5]; }st1, st2, st3, st4; 

5. Struktur umumnya dinyatakan di bahagian atas fail kod sumber, bahkan sebelum menentukan fungsi (anda akan melihat mengapa).

6. C tidak membenarkan inisialisasi pemboleh ubah dalam deklarasi struktur.

2. Permulaan dan Mengakses Anggota Struktur

Seperti pemboleh ubah lain, pemboleh ubah struktur juga dapat diinisialisasi di mana ia diisytiharkan. Terdapat hubungan satu lawan satu antara anggota dan nilai permulaan mereka.

 /* Variable Initialization */ struct structureName = { value1, value2,...}; /* Example */ typedef struct { char name[20]; int roll; char gender; int marks[5]; }STUDENT; void main(){ STUDENT st1 = { "Alex", 43, 'M', {76, 78, 56, 98, 92}}; STUDENT st2 = { "Max", 33, 'M', {87, 84, 82, 96, 78}}; } 

Untuk mengakses ahli, kita harus menggunakan .( operator titik ).

 /* Accessing Memebers of a Structure */ structureVariable.memberVariable /* Example */ printf("Name: %s\n", st1.name); printf("Roll: %d\n", st1.roll); printf("Gender: %c\n", st1.gender); for( int i = 0; i < 5; i++) printf("Marks in %dth subject: %d\n", i, st1.marks[i]); /* Output */ Name: Alex Roll: 43 Gender: M Marks in 0th subject: 76 Marks in 1th subject: 78 Marks in 2th subject: 56 Marks in 3th subject: 98 Marks in 4th subject: 92 

Anggota boleh diinisialisasi dalam deklarasi pemboleh ubah dalam urutan apa pun menggunakan ..

STUDENT st3 = { .gender = 'M', .roll = 23, .name = "Gasly", .marks = { 99, 45, 67, 78, 94}}; 

Kami juga dapat menginisialisasi beberapa ahli pertama dan membiarkan baki kosong. Walau bagaimanapun, ahli yang belum dimulakan hanya boleh berada di hujung senarai.

Tidak diisytiharkan integers dan nombor titik apung mempunyai nilai lalai 0. Ini \0(NULL) untuk charpelakon dan rentetan.

STUDENT st4 = { "Kviyat", 65}; /* same as { "Kviyat", 65, '\0', { 0, 0, 0, 0, 0} } */ 

3. Beroperasi dengan Struktur Pembolehubah

Like variables of primitive data types, we cannot perform arithmetic operations such as +, -, *, /, and so on. Likewise, relational and equality operators cannot be used with structure variables.

But, we can copy one structure variable to another, provided they belong to the same structure.

 /* Invalid Operations */ st1 + st2 st1 - st2 st1 == st2 st1 != st2 etc. /* Valid Operation */ st1 = st2 

We will have to compare the structure members individually to compare structure variables.

#include  #include  struct student { char name[20]; double roll; char gender; int marks[5]; }st1,st2; void main() { struct student st1= { "Alex", 43, 'M', {76, 78, 56, 98, 92}}; struct student st2 = { "Max", 33, 'M', {87, 84, 82, 96, 78}}; if( strcmp(st1.name,st2.name) == 0 && st1.roll == st2.roll) printf("Both are the records of the same student.\n"); else printf("Different records, different students.\n"); /* Copiying the structure variable */ st2 = st1; if( strcmp(st1.name,st2.name) == 0 && st1.roll == st2.roll) printf("\nBoth are the records of the same student.\n"); else printf("\nDifferent records, different students.\n"); } /* Output */ Different records, different students. Both are the records of the same student. 

4. Array of a Structure

You have already seen how we had to create 4 different struct student type variables to store the records of 4 students.

A better way would be to create an array of struct student (just like an array of ints).

struct student { char name[20]; double roll; char gender; int marks[5]; }; struct student stu[4]; 

To access the elements of the array stu and the members of each element, we can use loops.

 /* Taking values for the user */ for(int i = 0; i < 4; i++) { printf("Enter name:\n"); scanf("%s",&stu[i].name); printf("Enter roll:\n"); scanf("%d",&stu[i].roll); printf("Enter gender:\n"); scanf(" %c",&stu[i].gender); for( int j = 0; j < 5; j++) { printf("Enter marks of %dth subject:\n",j); scanf("%d",&stu[i].marks[j]); } printf("\n-------------------\n\n"); } /* Finding the average marks and printing it */ for(int i = 0; i < 4; i++) { float sum = 0; for( int j = 0; j < 5; j++) { sum += stu[i].marks[j]; } printf("Name: %s\nAverage Marks = %.2f\n\n", stu[i].name,sum/5); } 

5. Nested Structure

Nesting a structure means having one or more structure variables inside another structure. Like we declare an int member or char member, we can also declare a structure variable as a member.

struct date { int date; int month; int year; }; struct student { char name[20]; int roll; char gender; int marks[5]; struct birth birthday; }; void main(){ struct student stu1; 

The structure variable birthday of type struct birth is nested inside struct student. It should be clear that you cannot nest a structure variable of type struct student inside struct student.

Note that the structure to be nested has to be declared first. Using ., we can access the members contained within the inner structure as well as other members.

 /* Example */ stu1.birthday.date stu1.birthday.month stu1.birthday.year stu1.name 

Structure variables of different types can be nested as well.

struct birth { int date; int month; int year; }; struct relation { char fathersName[20]; char mothersName[20]; }; struct student { char name[20]; int roll; char gender; int marks[5]; struct birth birthday; struct relation parents; }; 

Memory Allocation

When a structure variable of some type is declared, structure members are allocated contiguous (adjacent) memory locations.

struct student { char name[20]; int roll; char gender; int marks[5]; } stu1; 

Di sini, memori akan dialokasikan untuk name[20], diikuti oleh roll, genderdan marks[5]. Ini menunjukkan bahawa ukuran st1atau struct studentakan menjadi jumlah ukuran anggotanya, bukan? Mari kita periksa.

void main() { printf("Sum of the size of members = %I64d bytes\n", sizeof(stu1.name) + sizeof(stu1.roll) + sizeof(stu1.gender) + sizeof(stu1.marks)); printf("Using sizeof() operator = %I64d bytes\n",sizeof(stu1)); } /* Output */ Sum of the size of members = 45 bytes Using sizeof() operator = 48 bytes 
Sejak sizeof()pengendali kembali long long unsigned int, gunakan %I64dsebagai penentu format. Anda mungkin perlu menggunakan %lluatau %lldbergantung pada penyusun anda.

Menggunakan %dakan memberi peringatan - format '% d' menjangkakan argumen jenis 'int', tetapi argumen 2 mempunyai jenis 'int long unsigned int'.

Menggunakan sizeof()operator memberikan 3lebih banyak bait daripada jumlah ukuran anggota. Kenapa? Di manakah 3 bait itu dalam memori?

Let's answer the second question first. We can print the addresses of the members to find the addresses of those 3 bytes.

void main() { printf("Address of member name = %d\n", &stu1.name); printf("Address of member roll = %d\n", &stu1.roll); printf("Address of member gender = %d\n", &stu1.gender); printf("Address of member marks = %d\n", &stu1.marks); } /* Output */ Address of member name = 4225408 Address of member roll = 4225428 Address of member gender = 4225432 Address of member marks = 4225436 

We can see that the array marks[5] instead of being allocated from 4225433 has been allocated from 4224536. But why?

1. Data Alignment

Before looking at data alignment, it is important to know how the processor reads data from the memory.

A processor reads one word in one cycle. This word is 4 bytes for a 32-bit processor and 8 bytes for a 64-bit processor. The lower the number of cycles, the better is the performance of the CPU.

One way to achieve this is by aligning the data. Aligning means that a variable of any primitive data type of size t will always (by default) have an address that is a multiple of t. This essentially is data alignment. This takes place every time.

Aligned addresses for some data types

Data types Size (in bytes) Address
char 1 multiple of 1
short 2 multiple of 2
int, float 4 multiple of 4
double, long, * (pointers) 8 multiple of 8
long double 16 multiple of 16

2. Structure Padding

You may need to insert some extra bytes between the members of the structure to align the data. These extra bytes are known as padding.

In our above example, the 3 bytes acted as padding. Without them, marks[0] which is of type int (address multiple of 4) would have its base address as 4225433 (not a multiple of 4).

You can now probably see why structures can't be compared directly.

3. Structure Member Alignment

To explain this, we will take another example (you'll understand why).

struct example { int i1; double d1; char c1; } example1; void main() { printf("size = %I64d bytes\n",sizeof(example1)); } 

What would be the output? Let's apply what we know.

i1 is of 4 bytes. It will be followed by a padding of 4 bytes because the address of d1 should be divisible by 8.

This will be followed by 8 and 1 byte respectively for d1 and c1. Thus, the output should be 4 + 4 + 8 + 1 = 17 bytes.

 /* Output */ size = 24 bytes 

What? Wrong again! How? Through an array of struct example, we can understand better. We will also print the address of the members of example2[0].

void main() { struct example example2[2]; printf("Address of example2[0].i1 = %d\n", &example2[0].i1); printf("Address of example2[0].d1 = %d\n", &example2[0].d1); printf("Address of example2[0].c1 = %d\n", &example2[0].c1); } /* Output */ Address of example2[0].i1 = 4225408 Address of example2[0].d1 = 4225416 Address of example2[0].c1 = 4225424 

Let's suppose the size of example2[0] is 17 bytes. This implies that the address of example2[1].i1 will be 4225425. This isn't possible since the address of int should be a multiple of 4.

Logically, the possible address for example2[1].i1 seems to be 4225428, a multiple of 4.

This is wrong as well. Do you know why? The address of example2[1].d1 now will be ( 28 + 4 ( i1) + 3 ( padding)) 4225436 which is not a multiple of 8.

In order to avoid such misalignment, the compiler introduces alignment to every structure. This is done by adding extra bytes after the last member, known as structure member alignment.

In the example discussed at the start of this section, this wasn't required (which is why we needed this other example).

A simple way to remember is through this rule: Address of structure and structure length must be multiples of t_max. Here, t_max is the maximum size taken by a member in the structure.

For struct example, 8 bytes is the maximum size of d1. Therefore, there is a padding of 7 bytes to the end of the structure, making its size 24 bytes.

Following these two rules, you can easily find the size of any structure:

  1. Any data type stores its value at an address that is a multiple of its size.
  2. Any structure takes the size which is a multiple of the maximum bytes taken by a member.

Though we are able to lower the CPU cycles, there is a significant amount of memory going to waste.

One way to decrease the amount of padding to a possible minimum is by declaring the member variables in decreasing order of their size.

If we follow this in struct example, the size of the structure reduces to 16 bytes. The padding gets reduced from 7 to 3 bytes.

struct example { double d1; int i1; char c1; } example3; void main() { printf("size = %I64d bytes\n",sizeof(example3)); } /* Output */ size = 16 bytes 

4. Structure Packing

Packing is the opposite of padding. It prevents the compiler from padding and removes the unallocated memory.

In the case of Windows, we use the #pragma pack directive, which specifies the packing alignment for structure members.

#pragma pack(1) struct example { double d1; int i1; char c1; } example4; void main() { printf("size = %I64d bytes\n",sizeof(example4)); } /* Output */ size = 13 bytes 

Ini memastikan bahawa anggota diselaraskan pada batas 1-bait. Dengan kata lain, alamat jenis data apa pun mestilah gandaan 1 bait atau ukurannya (mana yang lebih rendah).

Petunjuk

Sekiranya anda ingin meningkatkan petunjuk sebelum melangkah ke hadapan, berikut adalah pautan ke artikel yang merangkumi petunjuk secara mendalam.

1. Penunjuk sebagai Ahli

Struktur boleh mempunyai petunjuk sebagai ahli juga.

struct student { char *name; int *roll; char gender; int marks[5]; }; void main() { int alexRoll = 44; struct student stu1 = { "Alex", &alexRoll, 'M', { 76, 78, 56, 98, 92 }}; } 

Dengan menggunakan .(operator titik), kita dapat mengakses ahli lagi. Oleh kerana rollsekarang mempunyai alamat alexRoll, kita harus tidak memberikan perhatian stu1.rolluntuk mendapatkan nilai (dan bukan stu1.(*roll)).

 printf("Name: %s\n", stu1.name); printf("Roll: %d\n", *(stu1.roll)); printf("Gender: %c\n", stu1.gender); for( int i = 0; i < 5; i++) printf("Marks in %dth subject: %d\n", i, stu1.marks[i]); /* Output */ Name: Alex Roll: 43 Gender: M Marks in 0th subject: 76 Marks in 1th subject: 78 Marks in 2th subject: 56 Marks in 3th subject: 98 Marks in 4th subject: 92 

2. Penunjuk ke Struktur

Seperti penunjuk bilangan bulat, penunjuk tatasusunan, dan penunjuk fungsi, kita juga mempunyai penunjuk kepada struktur atau penunjuk struktur .

struct student { char name[20]; int roll; char gender; int marks[5]; }; struct student stu1 = {"Alex", 43, 'M', {76, 98, 68, 87, 93}}; struct student *ptrStu1 = &stu1; 

Here, we have declared a pointer ptrStu1 of type struct student. We have assigned the address of stu1 to ptrStu1.

ptrStu1 stores the base address of stu1, which is the base address of the first member of the structure. Incrementing by 1 would increase the address by sizeof(stu1) bytes.

printf("Address of structure = %d\n", ptrStu1); printf("Adress of member `name` = %d\n", &stu1.name); printf("Increment by 1 results in %d\n", ptrStu1 + 1); /* Output */ Address of structure = 6421968 Adress of member 'name' = 6421968 Increment by 1 results in 6422016 

We can access the members of stu1 using ptrStu1 in two ways. Using  * (indirection operator) or using -> (infix or arrow operator).

With *, we will continue to use the .(dot operator) whereas with -> we won't need the dot operator.

printf("Name w.o using ptrStu1 : %s\n", stu1.name); printf("Name using ptrStu1 and * : %s\n", (*ptrStu1).name); printf("Name using ptrStu1 and -> : %s\n", ptrStu1->name); /* Output */ Name without using ptrStu1: Alex Name using ptrStu1 and *: Alex Name using ptrStu1 and ->: Alex 

Similarly, we can access and modify other members as well. Note that the brackets are necessary while using * since the dot operator(.) has higher precedence over *.

3. Pointer and Array of Structure

We can create an array of type struct student and use a pointer to access the elements and their members.

struct student stu[10]; /* Pointer to the first element (structure) of the array */ struct student *ptrStu_type1 = stu; /* Pointer to an array of 10 struct student */ struct student (*ptrStu_type2)[10] = &stu; 

Note that ptrStu_type1 is a pointer to stu[0] whereas ptrStu_type2 is a pointer to the whole array of 10 struct student. Adding 1 to ptrStu_type1 would point to stu[1].

We can use ptrStu_type1 with a loop to traverse through the elements and their members.

for( int i = 0; i name, ( ptrStu_type1 + i)->roll); 

Functions

1. Function as a Member

Functions can not be a member of a structure. However, using function pointers, we can call functions using . . Just keep in mind that this is not recommended.

 struct example { int i; void (*ptrMessage)(int i); }; void message(int); void message(int i) { printf("Hello, I'm a member of a structure. This structure also has an integer with value %d", i); } void main() { struct example eg1 = {6, message}; eg1.ptrMessage(eg1.i); } 

We have declared two members, an integer i and a function pointer ptrMessage inside struct example. The function pointer points to a function that takes an integer and returns void.

message is one such function. We initialized eg1 with 6 and message. Then we use . to call the function using ptrMessage and pass eg1.i.

2. Structure as a Function Argument

Like variables, we can pass individual structure members as arguments.

#include  struct student { char name[20]; int roll; char gender; int marks[5]; }; void display(char a[], int b, char c, int marks[]) { printf("Name: %s\n", a); printf("Roll: %d\n", b); printf("Gender: %c\n", c); for(int i = 0; i < 5; i++) printf("Marks in %dth subject: %d\n",i,marks[i]); } void main() { struct student stu1 = {"Alex", 43, 'M', {76, 98, 68, 87, 93}}; display(stu1.name, stu1.roll, stu1.gender, stu1.marks); } /* Output */ Name: Alex Roll: 43 Gender: M Marks in 0th subject: 76 Marks in 1th subject: 98 Marks in 2th subject: 68 Marks in 3th subject: 87 Marks in 4th subject: 93 

Note that the structure struct student is declared outside main(), at the very top. This is to ensure that it is available globally and display() can use it.

If the structure is defined inside main(), its scope will be limited to main().

Passing structure members is not efficient when there are a large number of them. Then structure variables can be passed to a function.

void display(struct student a) { printf("Name: %s\n", a.name); printf("Roll: %d\n", a.roll); printf("Gender: %c\n", a.gender); for(int i = 0; i < 5; i++) printf("Marks in %dth subject: %d\n",i,a.marks[i]); } void main() { struct student stu1 = {"Alex", 43, 'M', {76, 98, 68, 87, 93}}; display(stu1); } 

If the size of the structure is large, then passing a copy of it won't be very efficient. We could pass a structure pointer to a function. In this case, the address of the structure is passed as an actual argument.

void display(struct student *p) { printf("Name: %s\n", p->name); printf("Roll: %d\n", p->roll); printf("Gender: %c\n", p->gender); for(int i = 0; i marks[i]); } void main() { struct student stu1 = {"Alex", 43, 'M', {76, 98, 68, 87, 93}}; struct student *ptrStu1 = &stu1; display(ptrStu1); } 

Passing an array of structure to a function is similar to passing an array of any type to a function. The name of the array, which is the base address of the array of the structure, is passed to the function.

void display(struct student *p) { for( int j = 0; j name); printf("Roll: %d\n", (p+j)->roll); printf("Gender: %c\n", (p+j)->gender); for(int i = 0; i marks[i]); } } void main() { struct student stu1[10]; display(stu1); } 

3. Structure as a Function Return

We can return a structure variable, just like any other variable.

#include  struct student { char name[20]; int roll; char gender; int marks[5]; }; struct student increaseBy5(struct student p) { for( int i =0; i < 5; i++) if(p.marks[i] + 5 <= 100) { p.marks[i]+=5; } return p; } void main() { struct student stu1 = {"Alex", 43, 'M', {76, 98, 68, 87, 93}}; stu1 = increaseBy5(stu1); printf("Name: %s\n", stu1.name); printf("Roll: %d\n", stu1.roll); printf("Gender: %c\n", stu1.gender); for(int i = 0; i < 5; i++) printf("Marks in %dth subject: %d\n",i,stu1.marks[i]); } /* Output */ Name: Alex Roll: 43 Gender: M Marks in 0th subject: 81 Marks in 1th subject: 98 Marks in 2th subject: 73 Marks in 3th subject: 92 Marks in 4th subject: 98 

The function increaseBy5() increases the marks by 5 for subjects where, after increasing the marks, it is less than or equal to 100. Note that the return type is a structure variable of type struct student.

While returning a structure member the return type has to be that of the member.

A structure pointer can also be returned by a function.

#include  #include  struct rectangle { int length; int breadth; }; struct rectangle* function(int length, int breadth) { struct rectangle *p = (struct rectangle *)malloc(sizeof(struct rectangle)); p->length = length; p->breadth = breadth; return p; } void main() { struct rectangle *rectangle1 = function(5,4); printf("Length of rectangle = %d units\n", rectangle1->length); printf("Breadth of rectangle = %d units\n", rectangle1->breadth); printf("Area of rectangle = %d square units\n", rectangle1->length * rectangle1->breadth); } /* Output */ Length of rectangle = 5 units Breadth of rectangle = 4 units Area of rectangle = 20 square units 

Notice we have allocated the memory of size struct rectangle dynamically using malloc(). Since it returns a void pointer, we have to typecast it to a struct rectangle pointer.

Self-Referential Structure

We discussed that pointers can be a member of a structure too. What if the pointer is a structure pointer? The structure pointer can either be of the same type as the structure or different.

Self-referential structures are those which have structure pointer(s) of the same type as their member(s).

struct student { char name[20]; int roll; char gender; int marks[5]; struct student *next; }; 

This is a self-referential structure where next is a struct student type structure pointer.

We will now create two structure variables stu1 and stu2 and initialize them with values. We will then store the address of stu2 in next member of stu1.

void main() { struct student stu1 = {"Alex", 43, 'M', {76, 98, 68, 87, 93}, NULL}; struct student stu2 = { "Max", 33, 'M', {87, 84, 82, 96, 78}, NULL}; stu1.next = &stu2; } 

We can now access the members of stu2 using stu1 and next.

void main() { printf("Name: %s\n", stu1.next->name); printf("Roll: %d\n", stu1.next->roll); printf("Gender: %c\n", stu1.next->gender); for(int i = 0; i marks[i]); } /* Output */ Name: Max Roll: 33 Gender: M Marks in 0th subject: 87 Marks in 1th subject: 84 Marks in 2th subject: 82 Marks in 3th subject: 96 Marks in 4th subject: 78 

Suppose we want a different structure variable after stu1, that is insert another structure variable between stu1 and stu2. This can be done easily.

void main() { struct student stuBetween = { "Gasly", 23, 'M', {83, 64, 88, 79, 91}, NULL}; st1.next = &stuBetween; stuBetween.next = &stu2; } 

Now stu1.next stores the address of stuBetween. And stuBetween.next has the address of stu2. We can now access all three structures using stu1.

 printf("Roll Of %s: %d\n", stu1.next->name, stu1.next->roll); printf("Gender Of %s: %c\n", stu1.next->next->name, stu1.next->next->gender); /* Output */ Roll Of Gasly: 23 Gender Of Max: M 

Notice how we have formed a link between stu1, stuBetween and stu3. What we have discussed here is the starting point of a Linked List.

Self-Referential Structures are very useful in creating data structures such as linked list, stacks, queues, graphs and so on.

Conclusion

Done! We have covered everything from the definition of a structure to the usage of self-referential structures.

Try to recap all the sub-topics that you read. If you can recollect them, well done! Read the ones you can't remember again.

The next logical step would be to learn more about linked lists and various other data structures which have been used here.

Keep learning. Stay home and stay safe.