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Greg M. Perry
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For beginning programmers, this updated edition answers all C programming questions. This bestseller talks to readers at their level, explaining every aspect of how to get started and learn the C language quickly. Readers also find out where to learn more about C. This book includes tear-out reference card of C functions and statements, a hierarchy chart, and other valuable information. It uses special icons, notes, clues, warnings, and rewards to make understanding easier. And the clear and friendly style presumes no programming knowledge.

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For beginning programmers, this updated edition answers all C programming questions. This bestseller talks to readers at their level, explaining every aspect of how to get started and learn the C language quickly. Readers also find out where to learn more about C. This book includes tear-out reference card of C functions and statements, a hierarchy chart, and other valuable information. It uses special icons, notes, clues, warnings, and rewards to make understanding easier. And the clear and friendly style presumes no programming knowledge.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!!! June 30 2013
By Scott G
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Finally a book on C that's easy to follow! Doesn't over simplify to the point it's useless and not so complicated a beginner can't follow. Just right!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where novices begin May 18 2004
Format:Paperback
I've always wanted to program and was fortunate to have bought this book. Unfortunately it was a year after buying K&R which, even though it was easy to do "hello world" didn't explain the language to me.
I like to know why things are done how they are and this book clearly explains what a seasoned programmer may see as obvious without the tech speak ... and I myself am a techy.
Although I've not completed the book yet, lots of code I've seen before now makes literal sense to me. This is a great text for teachers who may also want to touch on C with a class of youthfull programmers.
A wonderful buy ... 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! March 23 2004
By Eric M.
Format:Paperback
I am 13 years old and I just finished reading this book. I got interested in programming after playing some of my favorite games, and so this is where I started. This is a great and very easy to read book. I would seriously recommend this book for beginners or people who used to program in a different language (BASIC, Java).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not depressing like most beginers books. Aug. 9 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
If you've never programed before, this is the book for you. I've tried several different books, and most either start out by pointing out that the author doesn't "really" think you're the village idiot, or drone on about why C is too complicated for mere mortals to swallow anyway.
Instead, Perry leaps right into the coding while minimizing the techno-babble. He makes it seem as easy as it really is, from start to finish. He starts with the basics, keeping them basic, and presents each new concept in an easily digestable manner. The information flows so easily and coherently that you'll be surprised at how quickly you're picking it all up. This isn't to say that learning C won't take dedication on your part, just that it is not rocket science as most would have you believe.
By the time you've finished the book, you'll have a decent understanding of how to write simple DOS programs. Once you feel comfortable with C, I'd recomend Charles Petzold's, "Programming Windows". Windows programming is a bit more complicated, but with Perry's help you'll be better prepared to takle it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Helpful July 24 2003
By Chelsea
Format:Paperback
I'm using this book to prepare for my first C programming class, and so far is has been perfect. I first tried to learn C by using a programming textbook, but it just didn't explain things as well as I needed. I debated between this book and C for Dummies, finally deciding on this one because it looked more user-friendly. And I have not been disappointed! All the nuances of C are explained and not glossed over (like in a general textbook). He explains everything in a very easy-to-read way. I feel totally prepared for a real C programming class now. This book is GREAT!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! June 2 2003
Format:Paperback
An excellent book on C for "beginners". Anyone with previous programming knowledge should look elsewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Absolute Beginners! March 21 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was only 10 years old when my dad got this for me for my birthday. Before this, I had just done card based programs, and even those I didn't understand well. I read this book and accually liked it! This is a great book for anyone who has absolutly no experience. If you already know how to program in a different lauguage, this might be kind of dull but it was great for me!
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The reviews here are spot-on! If you have been trying to get started in programming but just can't get off the ground, this is the book for you. Not only will you get through it, but you will have fun! I can't put this book down, and when I started I didn't know the first thing about C or programming.
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