Developer Larry Ullman is the director of digital media technology for DMC Insights, a consulting firm that specializes in information technology. He is also the author of several best-selling programming guides, including PHP for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide and PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide. Marc Liyenage is a senior software engineer who's been using the C programming language for over 15 years, first on early home computers and PCs, and in the past 10 years on various UNIX/Linux systems, doing commercial Web application work and large-scale Internet/ISP systems design and implementation.
C: Visual QuickStart Guideby Larry Ullman, Marc Liyanage, Kevin Tatroe
It's no secret: When it comes to learning a programming language, Larry Ullman is the man you want at your side! As the best-selling author of guides to PHP, MySQL, and more, he's proved that programming doesn't have to be painful, especially when it comes to a language that is at its core both simple and small. We're talking, of course, about C, and if you
It's no secret: When it comes to learning a programming language, Larry Ullman is the man you want at your side! As the best-selling author of guides to PHP, MySQL, and more, he's proved that programming doesn't have to be painful, especially when it comes to a language that is at its core both simple and small. We're talking, of course, about C, and if you want to learn it fast (not to mention well), this book provides the key. Joined by co-author and fellow programmer Marc Liyanage, this author team tackles both programming fundamentals and the ABCs of C itself through a series of task-based lessons that use step-by-step instructions and a plethora of visual aids to make C if not instantly accessible, then almost. This book uses friendly, straightforward language to explain every aspect of this fundamental technology: from basic syntax and data types to working with numbers, characters, loops, and arrays; creating functions; using the C preprocessor; file input and output; and more.
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C is still with us. Despite the attention lavished on more recent languages, like Java and C#, knowledge of C is a de facto requirement in many programming jobs. Whether you are in a unix or Microsoft environment. Now C has scarcely changed in 20 years. But the difference between this book and C texts then is the visual programming environment. The authors talk up this aspect, to aid your programming. The book discusses using a text editor or IDE to write the code. But this book is written for the beginner. All the code examples are short. None over 100 lines, as far as I can tell. So the power of an IDE is really not needed. What would be useful is a text editor that can colour highlight keywords. Like vim, which is an enhanced version of vi. In other words, if you want to use this book, you don't need to run out and get some fancy IDE. The real power of those arises when you want to develop large code bases. The authors write clearly, and do supply good examples. But sadly, the book lacks problem sets. I do realise that this is true of most computer books. But for many of those, they discuss subjects that may be hard to design useful problems, because of the sheer complexity of the systems under consideration. But for a beginning book in C, it is possible and preferable to supply many problems. And also easy to do so. Essentially, simple parsing and numerical analysis problems. The best way for the reader to learn the language is to have problems to tackle. Learn by doing. All the discussion in the book about analysing the examples is fine. But not enough. I also went to the companion URL given in the book. No problem sets there, either. Perhaps this can be rectified?