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Sams Teach Yourself C in 21 Days

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2007

    Not all its cracked up to be

    First off, I used this book to dive into computer programming... and what a mistake it was. Lets start off with the positives... For one, the beginning chapters are very easy to follow and you do pick up the basics very quickly. The book is also filled with decent example programs for you to pick at and discover the inner workings of C. The reference pages in the back are pretty helpful too. However, after day 9 and pointers, things seem to go downhill. Things are completely misarranged and the author inserts code that he has not yet covered into examples and basically recommends we treat it like magic... which wouldnt be so bad if the book wasnt designed so that it should be studied linearly. a notable area of frustration arose when chp 6 suggested to study chp8 first, and chp 14 which suggested to study chp 16 first, and various other chapters which suggested to read the last 2 chapters first. Why even have chapters in one order if things dont makes sense in that order? Also, reading the 'suggested' chapters first are more like 'absolutely necessary'. At an attempt to provide simplistic (and at times, coy) explanations to topics, the author only succeeds in causing confusion. Several topics in the book are hardly explained at all (typedef's, unions, casting and void type pointers most notably) and the 'quizes' at the end of the chapter are laughably easy. The author provides the answers to the quizes in the back... for the first 8 or so chapters (of 21). then 'due to the many possibilities' that the code could be, the answers stop. and you are left alone to brood over simple questions you cannot answer because the topic was covered poorly. I highly recommend getting a different book, or reading this one up until chapter 9 then stopping and buying the vastly superior 'The C Programming Language', by Kernighan and Ritchie. Also, the CD that comes with the book has a free compiler 'needed to run programs' but you can just download the up-to-date version for free anyhow at Bloodshed's website To be fair however, i finished almost all of this book which helped out for the other book i recommended. Which is why i gave this a 3... its ok, but certainly far from great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2005

    Excellent C book for beginners

    If you are just learning C or if you are just learning to program computers, this is one of the books to choose.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2003

    New Edition - Includes CD

    This is the sixth edition of a book that has been used by hundreds of thousands of people to learn C. The book breaks learning into 21 easy lessons that can each be completed in just a couple of hours. Tips, notes, cautions, as well as suggested 'do's and don'ts' will help you to make the most out of learning how to program using C. Additionally, each lesson ends with a set of questions and answers to help address concerns you may have. There are also quizes and exercises to help you validate that you have understood the topics presented. Extra little, yet complete, programs called Type and Runs are bonus programs that you can tweak and play with. This new edition includes a CD that has two different compilers as well as all the source code from the book. The book also includes seven bonus chapters that provide some details on C++, Java, and C#. <br><br> If you are interested in learning C, this is the book to use!

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