Head First C

Head First C

by David Griffiths, Dawn Griffiths


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Head First C by David Griffiths, Dawn Griffiths

Ever wished you could learn C from a book? Head First C provides a complete learning experience for C and structured imperative programming. With a unique method that goes beyond syntax and how-to manuals, this guide not only teaches you the language, it helps you understand how to be a great programmer. You'll learn key areas such as language basics, pointers and pointer arithmetic, and dynamic memory management. Advanced topics include multi-threading and network programming—topics typically covered on a college-level course.

This book also features labs: in-depth projects intended to stretch your abilities, test your new skills, and build confidence. Head First C mimics the style of college-level C courses, making it ideal as an accessible textbook for students.

We think your time is too valuable to waste struggling with new concepts. Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience, Head First C uses a visually rich format designed for the way your brain works, not a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449399917
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/19/2012
Pages: 632
Sales rank: 551,787
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.31(d)

About the Author

David Griffiths began programming at age 12, after being inspired by a documentary on the work of Seymour Papert. At age 15 he wrote an implementation of Papert's computer language LOGO. After studying Pure Mathematics at University, he began writing code for computers and magazine articles for humans and he is currently an agile coach with Exoftware in the UK, helping people to create simpler, more valuable software. He spends his free time traveling and time with his lovely wife, Dawn.

Dawn Griffiths started life as a mathematician at a top UK university where she was awarded a First-Class Honours degree in Mathematics. She went on to pursue a career in software development, and has over 15 years experience working in the IT industry. Dawn has written several books, including Head First C, Head First Statistics and Head First 2D Geometry.

Table of Contents

  • Advance Praise for Head First C
  • Praise for other Head First books
  • Authors of Head First C
  • How to use this Book: Intro
  • Chapter 1: Getting Started with C: Diving in
  • Chapter 2: Memory and Pointers: What are you pointing at?
  • Chapter 2.5: Strings: String theory
  • Chapter 3: Creating Small Tools: Do one thing and do it well
  • Chapter 4: Using Multiple Source Files: Break it down, build it up
  • Chapter 5: Structs, Unions, and Bitfields: Roll your own structures
  • Chapter 6: Data Structures and Dynamic Memory: Building bridges
  • Chapter 7: Advanced Functions: Turn your functions up to 11
  • Chapter 8: Static and Dynamic Libraries: Hot-swappable code
  • Chapter 9: Processes and System Calls: Breaking boundaries
  • Chapter 10: Interprocess Communication: It’s good to talk
  • Chapter 11: Sockets and Networking: There’s no place like
  • Chapter 12: Threads: It’s a parallel world
  • Leftovers: The top ten things (we didn’t cover)
  • C Topics: Revision roundup

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
chapter 3 is really confusing :(