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5.0 out of 5 stars A programming classic, 10 Sep 1998
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This review is from: The C Programming Language (2nd Edition) (Paperback)
If you read a lot of computer books, you can easily tell the good ones: they are frequently cited. Well, this book is frequently cited. You even find references to it in computer books that have nothing to do with C programming. That fact should tell you something.
I learned C from this book, and I have to agree with the authors that cite it--it's a good book. I have yet to see its equal for brevity, elegance, and completeness in teaching C programming. If you are a programmer who wants to learn C, then ignore the rest and read the best.
One warning though--this is not a book for beginners. As Kernighan and Ritchie say in the preface: "The book is not an introductory programming manual; it assumes some familiarity with basic programming concepts like variables, assignment statements, loops, and functions. Nonetheless, a novice programmer should be able to read along and pick up the language, although access to a more knowledgeable colleague will help." If you are a complete novice, heed their warning. If you don't have access to a more knowledgeable colleague, you will probably be better off selecting an easier book.
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Initial post: 28 Dec 2010 20:21:04 GMT
Tokobot says:
WOAH This review's 12 years old!!! :O

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Feb 2011 11:42:32 GMT
Colin Smith says:
It may be 12 years old, but it's as relevent now as it was back in 1998. I just picked up this book as a refresher to the C language after seeing numerous references to K

Posted on 5 Mar 2014 02:58:36 GMT
This was my first proper education for programming - it can be done but you will have to be willing to try but why not since it is fun?
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