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  1. jigar

    wov…i have experience of 2 years in embedded still the concept of Volatile Variable in C language is not clear in my mind….thanks for help….

    • Rasmi Ranjan Nayak

      @Jigar: You are welcome. I am glad that, the article helped you in understanding the concept.

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    • Rasmi Ranjan Nayak

      Lawerence Thanks A Lot from bottom of my heart……… I am glad that, my article did help you.

    • Rasmi Ranjan Nayak

      Lawerence Thanks A Lot from bottom of my heart……… I am glad that, my article did help you.

  3. Erik Bawany

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  4. Nidhi

    This article is really helpful.i didnt get such a nice description on this Topic.. Thanks a lot..

  5. Abhishek

    How does volatile intialise the memory. Plz any tell me about intialising the memory

    • Rasmi Ranjan Nayak

      Hello Abhishek,
      As far as my knowledge when a variable is declared as volatile (to prevent aggressive compiler optimization) a special memory location is reserved.
      int a = 0; //Suppose a is stored in location 0x2000
      if(a == 0)
      //Do something
      //Do Nothing
      goto abc;
      In above case compiler will check the value only once and makes sure that it will never ever gonna change then else part will be optimized aggressively.

      volatile int a = 0; //Suppose a is stored in location 0x2000
      int b = 0;
      if(a == 0)
      //Do something
      b = a * a;
      //Do Nothing
      goto abc;
      Every time compiler will go to location 0x2000 and check what is the value of ‘a’ and then it will proceed. In the above, if the “if-condition” satisfies then when control reaches to the statement
      b = a (/*1st a*/) * a (/*2nd a*/);
      compiler will go to 0x2000 location and will check the the value of a twice.
      Because (1st a != 2nd a) // Might be possible.
      Suppose if 1st a = 0, before executing 2nd a suppose the value of a got changed by some external interrupt.

      I think the above helps you. If anymore question then reply me

  6. ReddyKiran

    Master… your Article on “Volatile” is really good…thank you!! 🙂

  7. Venkat

    This artical is very helpful for me. thanks alot

  8. Ali

    hi can u plz give me the ans what is the
    use of volatile and static together in coding

    • Rasmi Ranjan Nayak

      Hello Mr. Khan,
      Actually I could not able to understand ur question properly.
      But still I will ans what I understood..
      Why volatile:
      Short Ans:-Where you have don’t have faith of value of a volatile variable. (Read Article once again).
      Why Static:
      Short Ans:- When you want your variable needs to be initialized once then you need static.
      See the example,
      main(){/*Pseudo code*/
      static int x;//x = 0 by default
      printf(“%d\n”, x++);
      main();/*It is a bad coding practice to call main()*/
      /*This example main() is called, only for understanding purpose*/

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  9. Tejbir

    Thanx a lot sir very very helpful

  10. Mani

    I understood the the concept of volatile . I want to get clear one more doubt from you that.

    We know that Structure and Union are almost same . But why we are not using Union ??????

    Please answer this.

    • Rasmi Ranjan Nayak

      Hi Mani, Glad this article helped u in understning the concept.
      We do use “Union” in our programs.
      take an example like,
      int a:1;
      int b:1;
      int c:1;
      int d:1;
      int total;
      In this case if you assign total = 0xF;
      then a, b, c,d all will hold “1”.
      So, here you can use a, b, etc according to your usage in real time.

      • pradeep patil

        Dear sir,
        Thanks a lot for putting a good and simple things about volatile.
        Will you put similer quote for structure and union.

  11. Prashanth

    Thank you.

  12. Lokesh

    Hai every one please tell me about volatile qualifier clearly i am not getting..please explain me with small example…..
    and differan ce between const and volatile.

  13. anjana

    Hi Rasmi,
    great info, very useful..

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