Beginning Programming with C For Dummies

Beginning Programming with C For Dummies

by Dan Gookin


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Beginning Programming with C For Dummies by Dan Gookin

Learn the basics of programming with C with this fun and friendly guide!

C offers a reliable, strong foundation for programming and serves as a stepping stone upon which to expand your knowledge and learn additional programming languages. Written by veteran For Dummies author Dan Gookin, this straightforward-but-fun beginner's guide covers the fundamentals of using C and gradually walks you through more advanced topics including pointers, linked lists, file I/O, and debugging. With a special focus on the subject of an Integrated Development Environment, it gives you a solid understanding of computer programming in general as you learn to program with C.

  • Encourages you to gradually increase your knowledge and understanding of C, with each chapter building off the previous one
  • Provides you with a solid foundation of understanding the C language so you can take on larger programming projects, learn new popular programming languages, and tackle new topics with confidence
  • Includes more than 100 sample programs with code that are adaptable to your own projects

Beginning Programming with C For Dummies assumes no previous programming language experience and helps you become competent and comfortable with the fundamentals of C in no time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118737637
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/28/2013
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 456
Sales rank: 552,811
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dan Gookin wrote the original For Dummies book in 1991. Now, with more than 11 million copies in print, his many books have been translated into 32 languages. Among Dan's bestsellers are Android Tablets For Dummies, Laptops For Dummies, PCs For Dummies, Samsung Galaxy Tabs For Dummies, and Word 2013 For Dummies. Visit him at

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with C Programming 7

Chapter 1: A Quick Start for the Impatient 9

Chapter 2: The Programming Thing 21

Chapter 3: Anatomy of C 31

Part II: C Programming 101 45

Chapter 4: Trials and Errors 47

Chapter 5: Values and Constants 59

Chapter 6: A Place to Put Stuff 71

Chapter 7: Input and Output 83

Chapter 8: Decision Making 97

Chapter 9: Loops, Loops, Loops 113

Chapter 10: Fun with Functions 129

Part III: Build Upon What You Know 143

Chapter 11: The Unavoidable Math Chapter 145

Chapter 12: Give Me Arrays 163

Chapter 13: Fun with Text 181

Chapter 14: Structures, the Multivariable 199

Chapter 15: Life at the Command Prompt 209

Chapter 16: Variable Nonsense 219

Chapter 17: Binary Mania 231

Part IV: The Advanced Part 249

Chapter 18: Introduction to Pointers 251

Chapter 19: Deep into Pointer Land 267

Chapter 20: Linked Lists 287

Chapter 21: It’s About Time 307

Part V: And the Rest of It 315

Chapter 22: Permanent Storage Functions 317

Chapter 23: File Management 335

Chapter 24: Beyond Mere Mortal Projects 345

Chapter 25: Out, Bugs 355

Part VI: The Part of Tens 367

Chapter 26: Ten Common Boo-Boos 369

Chapter 27: Ten Reminders and Suggestions 377

Afterword 385

Appendix A: ASCII Codes 387

Appendix B: Keywords 393

Appendix C: Operators 395

Appendix D: Variable Types 397

Appendix E: Escape Sequences 399

Appendix F: Conversion Characters 401

Appendix G: Order of Precedence 403

Index 405

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Beginning Programming with C For Dummies 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
XxGabi15xX More than 1 year ago
I worked through each exercise with a full understanding of what I was doing thanks to the author's explanations. I initially had trouble loading the software on my Mac so I emailed Dan. He responded within 2 hours. Thanks, Dan! :)