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C Programming in Easy Steps [Paperback]

Mike McGrath
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15 Jun 2006 In Easy Steps
"C Programming in easy steps" instructs the reader how to program in C both on Unix-based platforms, such as Linux, and on Windows platforms. Linux users should already have the GNU C compiler on their system but the book explains how to download and install the GNU C compiler for Windows users. It contains separate chapters on each major feature of the C language, with examples, and a reference section describing the standard C header class functions. For the most part, the examples are complete, real programs, rather than isolated fragments. All examples have been tested directly from the text, which is in machine-readable form. Besides showing how to make effective use of the language, the book illustrates good style and sound program design.
By the end of the book the reader will have gained a sound understanding of the C language and be able to write their own C programs and compile them into executable files that can be run on any compatible PC.

The book is intended for anyone who wants to learn how to begin creating computer programs. It will appeal to the hobbyist who wants to take advantage of the many interesting possibilities that C programming provides. It will appeal to the student who is studying C programming at school or college. It will appeal to those seeking a career in computing who need a fundamental understanding of computer programming before moving on to higher-level languages like Java or C++.

In order to benefit fully from the examples in the book the reader should have a computer running a recent version of Microsoft Windows operating system, such as Windows XP, or a Unix-based operating system such as Linux.

The reader should have a C compiler installed in order to compile text programs into executable byte-code. All Linux distributions include the free GNU C compiler and instruction is provided on how to download and install the GNU C compiler for Windows - an Internet connection is needed for this purpose.

The C source code can be written in any basic text editor, such as Windows Notepad application, and compiled from a command line. There is no need for the reader to acquire an expensive programming development environment like Microsoft Visual C++ or Borland C++ Builder.

"C Programming in easy steps" offers a concise yet comprehensive introduction to creating your own C programs with code examples of every part of the language. It shows you how to install and operate a FREE compiler and includes a comprehensive reference section at the back of the book listing every standard C function. Try this book if you want to learn C programming in an easy no-nonsense fashion.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Computer Step; 2nd Revised edition edition (15 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840783230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840783230
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 18.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 569,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mike McGrath is a successful established author of many titles in the popular "In Easy Steps" series of books on technology topics. Mike gained his extensive knowledge of computer languages while working as a developer contracting to companies around the world. His interests include coins of ancient Greece, dining-out with friends, and the ongoing evolution of the world wide web.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A beginners paradise 23 April 2008
By "H"
I loaned this book from my library when I first started learning C, without it I would have simply given up.
It goes through all the basic steps, compiling your hello world program through to structures and the even the feared 'pointer' was a piece of cake. Trust me, this will be your first book to teach you the basics then you can go onto the more intermediate user books like 'The C programming Language' and become a true C master
May the code be with you :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Straight to the point 22 Oct 2008
I have read 2 "... in easy steps" books so far, starting with C++ programming in easy steps. Both titles have demonstrated the same brilliant qualities. They are easy to read and follow without compromise on relevance and quality of the content. I feel this is achieved nicely by the "straight to the point" approach of the author coupled with the relevant code examples. I was interested in finding out what differences there are between C and C++ and this book did a brilliant job of that as well as helping me get a good grip on the C specific syntax. I managed to cover the entrire book in 1 afternoon and evening. C is now no longer a mystery and i will now be looking to get a copy of K&R. I would definately recommend this book everytime to new C programmers and class it as essential reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Steps 24 April 2009
By N. Robinson VINE VOICE
This series of books " Easy Steps" is great for anyone wishing to learn a programming language. This particular book serves as a very good introduction to C Programming, from the basic syntax, and good programming rules through variable types, up to great example codes and everything in between.

From a scientific standpoint, I found there was a few things which I required which I couldn't find in the book, but then it claims to be a good introduction, not a thorough walk through, and does very well at it's introduction.

The style of the book, which is easy on the eye, and uses the same layout and symbols through out definitely enables you to quickly find what you need when you are looking for example code, or things that are very useful to remember.

Helped a great deal on my introductory programming in C course, and would highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good with other guidance 25 Nov 2013
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Good with a set of problems and other resources and good for referencing as you program. A good book but wouldn't stand on its own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference 8 July 2009
By H. Stewart - Published on
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I like this book and use it. C for dummies is too full of words having nothing to do with c while many other books are too full of words having so much to do with c that you can not find anything. This is the ABCs of c. It does not include algorithms or cover the peculiarities of special function registers in micro-controllers but if you haven't used "case" in awhile or forgotten the symbol for nor it is a great reference. I've recommended it to colleagues and have received good feedback.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Beginners and people who want to learn the syntax 25 Aug 2008
By Michael Palmer - Published on
I bought this book a few years ago. It has been great. Very helpful in learning the syntax of C. Maybe not so helpful if you are totally new to programming. It doesn't provide challenging concepts.

If you need a quick way to learn C, this book is the best way to go. I help teach kids Robotics and we program in C. This book is by far the most useful for them in learning C.
4.0 out of 5 stars A great and easy way to start to learn C 4 April 2006
By Joseph P. Bowling - Published on
I found the book to be written very clear and easy to understand and covering the basics of C. With many screenshots and code that had differt colorings made following the examples alot easier to follow. If your starting off in C programming and not looking for something intimidating then this is a good book to start with.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I wish I didn't waste $20.00 20 Dec 2006
By S. Yiu - Published on
Last year I had decided to begin learning C programming to prepare myself for a programming class I had signed up for the next year. Unfortunetly my book store didn't have much selection, so the series of 'in easy step' books was the only choice I had. I had paid $20.00 to buy this book.

I began reading it and found that it a bit hard for a beginner like me to catch on. I mean, almost every subject book is give 2 pages or less. For the price you paid you could buy MUCH BETTER C books on Amazon. Buying a great 850 book (While this is 138 pages) only go for 3x cents on Amazon... so why even bother buying this thin book which briefly goes over every topic. At most I'd recommend this as a reference book. As a learning tool... Look around a bit more.
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