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C All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies Paperback – 3 Sep 2004
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From the Back Cover
6 books in 1 plus sample code on our companion Web site
From basics to advanced techniques, here’s your key to C programming!
No need to sing the blues every important note about C programming is in this handy desk reference! From keywords, functions, and operators to strings and random access files, one of these six minibooks has it covered. And, you’ll find that this book remains a handy reference long after you’ve become a virtuoso in C.
The Dummies Way
- Coverage of the essentials and beyond
- Explanations in plain English
- "Get in, get out" information
- Thumbtabs and other navigation aids
- Tear–out cheat sheet
- A dash of humor and fun
Discover how to:
- Understand the C skeleton and source code
- Use conditional statements, constants and variables, strings, arrays, and functions
- Debug your code
- Program games and graphics
- Develop programs in Windows® and Linux®
About the Author
Dan Gookin has been writing about technology for 20 years. He has contributed articles to numerous high–tech magazines and written more than 90 books about personal computing technology, many of them accurate.
He combines his love of writing with his interest in technology to create books that are informative and entertaining, but not boring. Having sold more than 14 million titles translated into more than 30 languages, Dan can attest that his method of crafting computer tomes does seem to work.
Perhaps Dan s most famous title is the original DOS For Dummies, published in 1991. It became the world s fastest–selling computer book, at one time moving more copies per week than the New York Times number–one best seller (although, because it s a reference book, it could not be listed on the NYT best seller list). That book spawned the entire line of For Dummies books, which remains a publishing phenomenon to this day.
Dan s most recent titles include PCs For Dummies, 9th Edition; Buying a Computer For Dummies, 2005 Edition; Troubleshooting Your PC For Dummies; Dan Gookin s Naked Windows XP; and Dan Gookin s Naked Office. He publishes a free weekly computer newsletter, Weekly Wambooli Salad, and also maintains the vast and helpful Web site www.wambooli.com.
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Year after year, I find myself returning to it and rereading it and relearning the basics. Honestly, it's the book that gave me the boot in the world of programming. Although the author likes to joke, his way of passing information is wonderful. He makes you laugh through out the book and in the mean time builds up your programming skills. I knew almost nothing about real programming when I got my hands on this; this is definitely a book for non-programmers. However, I am not saying this won't suit programmers; It carries the reader step by step till you reach a decent level. It gives all that a real programmer needs, explains all that really matters in the C world! If you get this book, I can assure you that you will enjoy it if you open your mind! ... Though I also must tell that I never finished the book! (language hopping till university)
In university we were asked to purchase Deitel,C How to Program. Honestly, if I had not been exposed to this book, I might have struggled with C programming just like the other students that were in my class; Deitel's methods of passing info, unlike for dummies's, was quite dry; it was meant for university and language studying! Though I am not also saying that you should step away from Deitel!
Choosing a book actually depends on your situation! Unlike, Deitel, C for Dummies, actually approaches programming from an enjoyable way. It makes you love programming. It's perfect for self-learners, hobbyist, and amateurs. However, if you want to learn C quickly, I don't believe this book is for you!
I can tell you what you should get based on your situation by the following switch statement!
printf("GET THIS C FOR DUMMIES BOOK!\n");
printf("C for dummies might not cut it for you! Professors have an obsession with lame exercises which this book hardly covers; Dietel covers those lame exercises. Dietel covers topics faster. It also introduces C99 standard and game developing with Alegro in later chapters.\n");
PS: Keep in mind that if this book wasn't that good, I wouldn't be here thinking of buying it although I own it!
Hope this helps. :)
If you don;'t have any experience of programming at all, then this book would be great. I bought a book for Objective-C but found myself lost as it assumed knowledge of ANSI C and general programming processes. I used a website dedicated to C and C++ programming as a free resource - this was great for the easy topics like loops and data types, but once you got into the heavy topics like pointers and arrays it seemed to gloss over and miss fundamentals out. This book however, seems to cover everything, and it does so with a bit humour, which although silly at most points, has made me chuckle and enjoy learning a (to be honest) very dull topic.
The book is divided into 6 'books'. The first book covers the very basics, and then each book covers topics of increasing difficulty. There are loads of example programs you can try out and they are small, often individual programs that explain a particular function, and showcase it's use. I find this a lot easier to follow than building up a big program that includes everything.
What really makes this book stand out in comparison to the free tutorials I've looked at is the fact that Dan Gookin takes you through the several different ways you can do the same task, but explains why you may or may not want to do it that way. Which is something the tutorials lacked, and I got frustrated with why I had to do it a particular way with no explanation. You often revisit a program you've already created, and update with a more efficient way. This way you can see both ways, and see the benefits.
I haven't finished it yet, but so far it's been an amazing help!
My main concern was that 'C' *isn't* for dummies, and the book had to be rigorous. Luckily it is; despite the very chatty, jokey style (which some may find tiresome after a while), on the difficult stuff it is clear and accurate.
The format, of six books in one, makes it longer than it need be, and a little repetitive; but as a tutorial this is no bad thing. My son has really taken to it and I would recommend it as an introduction.
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