Sams Teach Yourself C in 21 Days

Sams Teach Yourself C in 21 Days

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by Bradley L. Jones, Peter Aitken
     
 

In just 21 days, you'll have all the skills you need to get started with C. With this complete tutorial, you'll master the basics and them move on to the more advanced features and concepts.

  • Understand the fundamentals of C.
  • Master all the new and advanced features that C offers.
  • Learn how to effectively use the latest tools

Overview

In just 21 days, you'll have all the skills you need to get started with C. With this complete tutorial, you'll master the basics and them move on to the more advanced features and concepts.

  • Understand the fundamentals of C.
  • Master all the new and advanced features that C offers.
  • Learn how to effectively use the latest tools and features of C, by following practical, real-world examples.
  • Includes a CD with all code examples and an ANSI-compliant C compiler.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Windows XP or 32-bit Windows 7 recommended — will not run on 64-bit Windows systems!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780672324482
Publisher:
Sams
Publication date:
09/18/2002
Series:
Sams Teach Yourself Series
Pages:
930
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.16(d)

Meet the Author

Bradley L. Jones works with internet.com overseeing the EarthWeb software development channel. This includes overseeing sites such as Developer.com, CodeGuru.com, and Gamelan.com. He has directed the development of systems, both small scale and distributed as well as on a variety of platforms from the Palm OS to mainframe systems. He has developed systems using such tools as C, C#, C++, XML, SQL Server, PowerBuilder, Visual Basic, Active Server Pages (ASP), Satellite Forms, and more. JonesÕs other authoring credits include Sams Teach Yourself Advanced C in 21 Days (Sams Publishing) and Sams Teach Yourself C# in 21 Days (Sams Publishing).

Peter Aitken has been writing about computers and programming for over 10 years, with some 30 books and hundreds of magazine and trade publication articles to his credit. His recent book titles include Visual Basic .NET Programming With Peter Aitken, Office XP Development With VBA, XML the Microsoft Way, Windows Script Host, and Sams Teach Yourself Visual Basic .NET Internet Programming in 21 Days. For several years he was a Contributing Editor at Visual Developer magazine where he wrote a popular Visual Basic column, and he is a regular contributor to Microsoft OfficePro magazine and the DevX Web site. Peter is the proprietor of PGA Consulting, providing custom application and Internet development to business, academia, and government since 1994. You can reach him at peter@pgacon.com.

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Sams Teach Yourself C in 21 Days 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are just learning C or if you are just learning to program computers, this is one of the books to choose.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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#.

If you are interested in learning C, this is the book to use!