Pazcal is an educational subset of the C programming language. It is intended for teaching Introduction to Computer Programming to first-year students of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens. It comes with a set of notes, written by Stathis Zachos and Nikos Papaspyrou, which will eventually be added to this repository.
Pazcal is actually:
- A header file, called
pazcal.h, defining a set of C macros that is meant to facilitate first-year students learning C. All these macros are written in
UPPERCASEletters, so they can be easily distinguished from things existing in regular C.
- A lint-like tool, called
pzcheckthat forbids everything in C that should not be taught to first-year students.
- A script, called
pzcthat combines the above two and can be considered as an implementation of the language.
For the time being,
pzcheck does not do anything: it allows all of C
plus the macros defined in
To install Pazcal to your computer, assuming you are running Linux or Mac OS, or that you know what to do with your Windows:
Make sure you have
gccinstalled and working.
Copy this directory to, say,
PAZCAL_DIRto point to
Make sure that all files in
/full/path/pazcal/binare executable and that this directory is in your
The implementation of Pazcal is maintained by