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  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 6 edition (25 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672324482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672324482
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 5.5 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 566,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In just 21 days, you'll have all the skills you need to get started with C. With this complete tutorial, you'll master the basics and them move on to the more advanced features and concepts.

  • Understand the fundamentals of C.
  • Master all the new and advanced features that C offers.
  • Learn how to effectively use the latest tools and features of C, by following practical, real-world examples.
  • Get expert tips from a leading authority on implementing C in the corporate environment.

Sams Teach Yourself C in 21 Days is designed for the way you learn. Go chapter by chapter through the step-by-step lessons, or just choose those lessons that interest you the most.

About the Author

Bradley L. Jones works with internet.com overseeing the EarthWeb software development channel. This includes overseeing sites such as Developer.com, CodeGuru.com, and Gamelan.com. He has directed the development of systems, both small scale and distributed as well as on a variety of platforms from the Palm OS to mainframe systems. He has developed systems using such tools as C, C#, C++, XML, SQL Server, PowerBuilder, Visual Basic, Active Server Pages (ASP), Satellite Forms, and more. JonesÕs other authoring credits include Sams Teach Yourself Advanced C in 21 Days (Sams Publishing) and Sams Teach Yourself C# in 21 Days (Sams Publishing).

Peter Aitken has been writing about computers and programming for over 10 years, with some 30 books and hundreds of magazine and trade publication articles to his credit. His recent book titles include Visual Basic .NET Programming With Peter Aitken, Office XP Development With VBA, XML the Microsoft Way, Windows Script Host, and Sams Teach Yourself Visual Basic .NET Internet Programming in 21 Days. For several years he was a Contributing Editor at Visual Developer magazine where he wrote a popular Visual Basic column, and he is a regular contributor to Microsoft OfficePro magazine and the DevX Web site. Peter is the proprietor of PGA Consulting, providing custom application and Internet development to business, academia, and government since 1994. You can reach him at peter@pgacon.com.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "jb-b" on 7 Aug. 2004
Format: Paperback
Most books which claim to teach you a language in '21 days' or '24 hours' are less than satisfactory. On the recommendation from a friend, however, I bought this book and was pleasantly surprised! It covers everything from the basics to quite advanced topics, while always keeping the material immediately understandable. The writing style is informative, and you never feel thatyou are reading filler pages.
The bonus chapters are also good. They give you taster introductory lessons of Java, C++ and C#. Whilst they will not by any means teach you these languages, they help in determining which way you will take next.
The CD is what gives this book its fifth star. It contains all of the source code, in which I found no bugs, and also very useful utility programs including the Dev-C++ IDE which I found extremely useful.
Note, however, that whilst this may teach you the rules of the language in 21 days, as with all languages it may take more than a year to gain the experience to competently write efficient, stable, and fast code. Just a thought.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Nov. 2003
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What can one say? I havent't even finished it yet and already I'm blown away. As a progressing beginner who came back to C after learning pocket C for Palm OS, I was a bit unsure if this would be any better than other 'beginners' books' I've tried. I made the decision to buy it and I'm glad I did. Not only has it shown me lots of new concepts (in a manner that while fairly serious, is anything but dry), but I've learned to see things I thought I'd already got the hang of in a whole new light. Each section has a series of questions in the shape of a quiz and a 'type and run' section with test code to compile and run. These things definitely make all the difference and prevent you losing heart. I gave it five stars desipte the typos, because the authors have succeeded in creating a book that is both informative and engaging (rather than entertaining) at the same time. I wish I'd had teachers like this book at school.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 July 2000
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This book provides an exellent introduction to the what is a fairly difficult subject. Longer lessons may take more than a day and need a lot of concentration, but are worth spending the time on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Aug. 2000
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Although the book doesn't say you need any previous programming experience, it really is neccessary. If you have confidence in programming and can master procedural languages this book is for you. It delves into some quite advanced topics such as advanced pointer manipulation, and advanced compiler use. I am now going to try the C++ book, as this book was so good at describing topics that i had to try the next one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Nov. 2000
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an excellent book although i found it was a bit slow at the beginning then went over some things a bit too fast. There were also some errors and typos but it was an excellent book overall
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