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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 2nd Revised edition edition (April 8 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672305100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672305108
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 2.3 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #259,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Corey Rogers on 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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By A Customer on Aug. 9 2003
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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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By Gene Ballard on Aug. 22 2002
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I finally bought this book after reading the reviews for the last year. I gave it to my Linux Administrator and told him to read it as an assignment. He called after a couple of hours into it and said he couldn't put it down and that it was the best computer book he had ever read. He also mentioned that he had tried to learn C from other books and did not get anywhere. Similar story to many of the other stories...
I went a head and ordered another one for me and have read several chapters. I must agree that after trying to learn programming from Beginner Python books and PHP books that this whole programming thing started to fall into place. The author really does do a good job at explaining things. The reviews are accurate...and not staged like I thought they may be.
I also ordered a 3rd book for a 13-year-old boy who wants to learn how to be a web programmer with PHP and MySQL. I am starting him off with this book first because it will give him the foundation he needs to move into PHP and other languages.
I wish other books were written this well. The author is an excellent teacher. Go ahead and get it. You'll be glad you did.
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This book really teaches non-programmers and beginners to understand C easily.
The layout is kept interesting throughout the whole book, with diagrams and illustrations to help understand the concept presented.
The text is quite informal and entertaining, with some humour inserted here and there. You won't get bored reading this book!
However, each chapter shows only fragments of codes that need to be inserted into a C program, and NOT THE WHOLE C PROGRAM. There is only ONE LISTING of a WHOLE C PROGRAM at the end of the book (The BlackJack program), and it covers all the chapters discussed throughout the book.
There is no exercise or a listing of a fully-working C program at the end of each chapter, so it may be necessary to skim each finished chapter one more time.
I'd recommend this book for people who has no programming background, and as a stepping stone to really learn C programming by the programmer of C himself: Kernighen & Richie's The C Book (known as K&R). K&R is not for beginners, thus beginners need some other book first so they can keep up with K&R, and Greg Perry's Absolute Beginner's Guide to C is a good one to start with!
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Just wanted to add my name to the list of highly satisfied purchasers of this book. This is an excellent programming book for beginners, even if you have never programmed before. I originally started out with K&R C, but it was just too dry. Perry's book gives you the basics and the confidence to move on to more advanced books (like K&R C, Pointer on C, etc).
The only downside to the book is that there are no "problems" to work out. (Sure you can put his code in and watch it run--but where is the problem-solving in that?) However, there are numerous Computer Science Departments out there that do post their course work problems on the Net which can be easily downloaded and printed. Although, few also post the answers, so...good luck :)
Watch out for the chapters on getchar() and getch(). getch() only gets a page or two of explanation and leaves a hapless beginner to founder. K&R C did help here at this point, takes some hacking away at it, but it comes eventually. (Or maybe it will come really quickly and you'll think, that tripped him up? What a geek!)
Lastly, don't waste your hard-earned cash on a fancy-smancy C compiler. There are lots of good (and free) C compilers out there (GNU's gcc, borland DOS-based from [...] etc). Pick one, spend some time learning the switches and optimizations on it and then get to coding.
From there on out it is just code, code and code. And then debug...and debug...and debug...cry...and debug...
After this book I recommend cutting your teeth on K&R C (there's a reason they call it the C Bible). You can easily see the basics you picked up with Perry in K&R. It was a big help for me when I could see something familiar in the concepts and was able trudge on through.
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