C For Dummiesby Dan Gookin
If you’re like most people, the above seems like nonsense. Actually, it’s computer sense—C programming. After digesting C For Dummies, 2nd Edition, you’ll understand it. C programs are fast, concise and versatile. They let you boss your computer around for a change. So turn on your/i>/sup>
If you’re like most people, the above seems like nonsense. Actually, it’s computer sense—C programming. After digesting C For Dummies, 2nd Edition, you’ll understand it. C programs are fast, concise and versatile. They let you boss your computer around for a change. So turn on your computer, get a free compiler and editor (the book tells you where), pull up a chair, and get going. You won’t have to go far (page 13) to find your first program example. You’ll do short, totally manageable, hands-on exercises to help you make sense of:
- All 32 keywords in the C language (that’s right—just 32 words)
- The functions—several dozen of them
- Terms like printf(), scanf(), gets (), and puts ()
- String variables, numeric variables, and constants
- Looping and implementation
- Floating-point values
In case those terms are almost as intimidating as the idea of programming, be reassured that C For Dummies was written by Dan Gookin, bestselling author of DOS For Dummies, the book that started the whole library. So instead of using expletives and getting headaches, you’ll be using newly acquired skills and getting occasional chuckles as you discover how to:
- Design and develop programs
- Add comments (like post-it-notes to yourself) as you go
- Link code to create executable programs
- Debug and deploy your programs
- Use lint, a common tool to examine and optimize your code
A helpful, tear-out cheat sheet is a quick reference for comparison symbols, conversion characters, mathematical doodads, C numeric data types, and more. C For Dummies takes the mystery out of programming and gets you into it quickly and painlessly.
Meet the Author
Dan Gookin (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) wrote the first-ever For Dummies book, DOS For Dummies, as well as the bestselling PCs For Dummies and Word For Dummies. He wrote C For Dummies Volumes One and Two. Dan's books have been translated into 32 languages and have more than 11 million copies in print.
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It's a good starting out book on C,but the lessons don't compile in linux.
C For Dummies Volume 1&2 is a great way for a beginner to learn the basics, concepts, and syntax of C. While I was reading this I often times switched between 'The C Programming Language' and this book, and this book is so much clearer then K&R2. This book by no means will make you expert in C, your very far from that after readin this. It will however give you the understanding of the concepts, basics, and syntax, much sooner. I recomend reading 'The C Programming Language' after reading this, as you will no doubtly get the context much easier after this. I also recomend 'The C Programming Language' it because of the standard library and refrence manual in the back. These two books will make you ready to take on some larger projects, and possibly pick up some intermediate C programming books. The downside of this book: Many concepts taught are frowned on my expirience C programmers. Many concepts are also left out. I think this book is best to build a basic knowledge, then you can read 'The C Programming Language.' Truly those two books couple together are a great read. I'm hoping that Dan Gookin makes a 3rd volume, possible with the missing chapter and supplmental lessons included.
The book is great if you know pretty much nothing about the 'C' language. Dan Gookin does ramble on a lot, and the end-of-the-lesson quiz as well as end-of-the-chapter final exam will certainly keep you on your toes. Recommended for newbies. It is kind of boring but in the end, it does what is supposed to.
I think that this was one of the best books that I have ever read on programming languages. I think that if you want to learn C, you should first learn a little bit of any basic language.
C For Dummies volume one and two helped me learn and master the C language more quickly than any other book about programming languages I have ever read. I reccomend it to anyone. :)