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A beginner's book for a non-beginner's language.,
This review is from: Beginning Programming with C For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)) (Paperback)
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This is an odd book. By which I mean, it's an odd subject for a Dummies book to cover.
The thing is, C is not a beginner's programming language. Far from it. It offers the coder almost infinite freedom to do whatever he or she wants -- and to live with the consequences. In addition, it's not a language in which beginners can get cool results immediately. It's a hardcore systems and application programming language. It has a steep learning curve, not only in terms of getting working code, but also producing something that's cool and fun to achieve and show off to your friends.
In other words, "Hello World" is not the greatest introduction to programming.
However, if what you want is a good-natured (and somewhat wordy) run through the C language and its common functions, this does pretty well. It covers the essentials, it has a reasonable stab at pointers and arrays and the exercises are worthwhile. But again, if you're a beginner at this whole programming thing, why do you want to learn about, say, linked list management here? Shouldn't you have already learned about subjects like that in a language-independent introduction to programming concepts?
And lastly, don't forget good old Kernighan and Ritchie. It's very readable, it covers the same material in half the length, it's definitive, used copies are cheap and easily found, and the cool kids aren't going to smirk at you when they see it next to your keyboard...