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  • Paperback: 840 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (Sept. 3 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764570692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764570698
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 4.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #148,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

6 books in 1 – plus sample code on our companion Web site

From basics to advanced techniques, here’s your key to C programming!

No need to sing the blues – every important note about C programming is in this handy desk reference! From keywords, functions, and operators to strings and random access files, one of these six minibooks has it covered. And, you’ll find that this book remains a handy reference long after you’ve become a virtuoso in C.

The Dummies Way

  • Coverage of the essentials and beyond
  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Thumbtabs and other navigation aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:

  • Understand the C skeleton and source code
  • Use conditional statements, constants and variables, strings, arrays, and functions
  • Debug your code
  • Program games and graphics
  • Develop programs in Windows® and Linux®

About the Author

Dan Gookin has been writing about technology for 20 years. He has contributed articles to numerous high-tech magazines and written more than 90 books about personal computing technology, many of them accurate.
He combines his love of writing with his interest in technology to create books that are informative and entertaining, but not boring. Having sold more than 14 million titles translated into more than 30 languages, Dan can attest that his method of crafting computer tomes does seem to work.
Perhaps Dan’s most famous title is the original DOS For Dummies, published in 1991. It became the world’s fastest-selling computer book, at one time moving more copies per week than the New York Times number-one best seller (although, because it’s a reference book, it could not be listed on the NYT best seller list). That book spawned the entire line of For Dummies books, which remains a publishing phenomenon to this day.
Dan’s most recent titles include PCs For Dummies, 9th Edition; Buying a Computer For Dummies, 2005 Edition; Troubleshooting Your PC For Dummies; Dan Gookin’s Naked Windows XP; and Dan Gookin’s Naked Office. He publishes a free weekly computer newsletter, “Weekly Wambooli Salad,” and also maintains the vast and helpful Web site www.wambooli.com.

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Learning a programming language is like trying to eat an entire banquet in one bite: You have so much to swallow at once, even to understand the most basic stuff, that it isn't a question of where to start, but rather what not to eat so that you don't get too sick too quickly. Read the first page
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I've always struggled when trying to locate easy-to-understand programming books. After reading "C for Dummies" I wanted to move on, and because I enjoyed Dan Gookin's writing so much, this book was the one I decided to purchase.

Although it didn't get me out of the console, this book helped introduce pointers and other more advanced parts of the C programming language. It's a great reference, although sadly limited. I used it constantly when I was writing simple card games that would run in a console, and it helped immensely.

Dan Gookin's writing always contains an element of humour, and I found it very easy to follow along with what he was trying to get across. Even the program examples are hilarious, and I suppose that made learning a programming language a lot more interesting for me. If you are going to get started in C, I would highly recommend this. Although it doesn't cover advanced topics like win32 programming, it's a very handy reference for the beginner.

If Dan wrote another book going into even more advanced parts of the frightening realm of the C programming language, I can guarantee you I'd be right there behind him with my money out.
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I use this book as an introductory text for a programming class composed of both CS-major and non-CS students. I must say that after looking at and using other textbooks, it is hard to compete with this book.
Firstly it is actually *readable*. Many texts for C are certainly good, but are aimed more at individuals with some prior programming experience. This book is truly aimed at the beginner, and progresses as the individual progresses. THe latter half of the book deals with more advanced topics in C, but the book as a whole covers the entire gamet of C programming. It would certainly suffice for a curriculum in which the first few courses use C.
It also delves into other topics such as algorithm design and
An A+++ book. Others may be sceptical, but it is refreshing to
read a well-written programming book.
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By CK on Nov. 18 2008
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I am currently reading this book to develop some programming skills. This books starts from the beginning and is easy to understand amidst the comic humor it includes. Who thought "C" could be fun?
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The best I really love this book.Makes the stuff simple and fun.It gives important points and most importantly doesn't make c complicated
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
a tad bit false advertised...... March 15 2006
By Tom Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great book and I learned a lot about programming with it. Dan seems to be a good author, and he takes you through it one step at a time.

On the back of the book it says:

1.Understand the C skeleton and source code

2.Use conditional statements, constants and variables, strings,

arrays, and functions

3.Debug your code

4.Program games and graphics

5.Develop programs in Windows® and Linux®

Umm... litle problem on number 4...

This book has some sample game source code, which is pretty decent, but it barely even touches on graphics! I have a little programming experience, so I got this book to strenghthen my knowledge of C and to get into some graphics programming... and I didn't find any!

Overall, this is a great book to begin learning, and/or solidifing your knowledge of, the C programming language.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A great, great book about C Dec 17 2004
By Ari Constancio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be a true learning experience. I had bought the "C for Dummies, 2nd ed." book before and needed a fast hands-on experience with the C language. Though I'm not a computer newbie (chemical engineering major), this book has made, I believe, as a smooth transition to C software development as it is possible with any book.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great Introduction to C Nov. 2 2008
By Robin Levin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I used this book to learn C having come from a Java and scripting background. I simply couldn't penetrate some of the other books and this definitely got me up and running. I'd say it's more of an intro book, though it's sheer size allows him to cover quite a bit. I would definitely NOT get this book if you're already a C-stud! You'd probably enjoy a more advanced book.

As a software engineer, I usually expect to get a book like this along with a real reference book (I also got C in a Nutshell which although it's very detailed and quite good, can tend to assume some the reader knows a lot already). So I don't have the typical developer's complaint that it's too basic because I believe it does it's job well.

I went through the book manually typing in the examples in about a month of pretty consistent self study. It was pretty much pain free and I don't recall more than one or two code errors. That's pretty darn good in a nearly thousand page book! I've emailed the author and he's actually responded and answered my questions. Five stars from me...keep it up Dan!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent intro or review Oct. 17 2006
By David T. Perkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are a newcomer to C, buy this book. If you are a rusty veteran, like I was -- out of practice with C but wanting to get back in -- buy this book. Start at the beginning, work thru the exercises, and you'll get to a respectable level of sophistication very shortly. Gookin is methodical, thorough, and humorous (without being silly), and covers all the main issues in C including pointers (several good chapters on this one point :-'), functions, structures, and linked lists. The examples he gives you to help you thru the coding exercises are clear and easy to follow, and should serve as handy models for you own coding in the future.

It doesn't hurt to have a copy of Kernigan & Richie to review the standard functions and header files as he covers them, and to ensure that you become familiar with the KR writ.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VERY WELL WRITTEN!!! July 15 2011
By PersonReviewing - Published on Amazon.com
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NOTE ABOUT WINDOWS VISTA/WINDOWS 7: There are many FREE compiler's that work with this book available to download! Before I type my review I realize that it is highly possible that some people may be contemplating purchasing this book, but wondering if they can find a compiler to use with this book on modern Windows Vista/Windows 7 computers. The answer is yes there are many FREE compilers my personal favorite is listed at the end of this review.
If you use Linux you will most probably already have the gcc compiler installed on your system!

C is my favorited programming language. C came before C++ and in my opinion gets less attention these days than it should! I also know some C++ and BASIC(QBASIC, yabasic, and Liberty BASIC)-I don't recomend learning basic these days. I use C and sometimes C++ on both Windows and Linux(Ubuntu) systems and in the past have used Red Hat and Mandrake Linux with C++.

This is a great book for learning C if you have little or no programming experience, and even if you have some experience with another programming language. I have never read the "C for Dummies" by the same author, but if you have any trouble following this book the other is supposed to be slower paced and explain things in a more understandable way.

The author does an amazing job at balancing hummor and information. I hope this author, the author of the first for Dummies book, publishes some more C books and hopefully a couple books on Intel and AMD assemly.

If you know how to use a computer and maybe have programmed a little in C++ or another language this book, "C All-In-One Desk Reference" will probably be easy for you to follow.

In my opinion this is a great book and any college student about to take C or anyone interested in learning programming will probably find this book extreamly helpful.

A FEW NOTES: (If you are new to C you can skip these two notes and goto the HELP and then the RECOMENDED IDE and COMPILER NOTE BELLOW!
1. fflush and fpurge are not to be used to clear the input stream in the context mentioned in the book. The authors website offers a better solution in his FAQ page.
2. gets is an EXTREAMLY DANGEROUS INSECURE function. It is ok when you are learning C, but for proffessional code it needs to be replaced by a more secure function. The authors website offers a fix for this problem the fgets function.
fgets sets a limit on the number of characters it can read in and is thus not dangerous. You can write a simple find and replace algorythm to remove the automatically inserted newline character.

If you type a program exactly as it is written in the book and it wont compile goto the authors website listed in the book and click on errata it could be a typo. There are a few of these typos, but they are all very well documented on the authors website. I went through the errors on the authors page and marked them down in my two coppies of this book. They are not major errors only small typos.

RECOMENDED IDE and COMPILER for Windows Vista/Windows 7:
My favorited IDE and Compiler for the Windows Vista and Windows 7 platform is Code::Blocks with the included MinGW compiler.
I highly recomend this FREE IDE/Compiler bundle. This package works with C and also with C++.
For beginners, I believe this package is perfect, after downloading the approximately 70 MB file that includes both CodeBlocks and MinGW you can install it simply like installing any oter applications.

1. Go to the Codeblocks website and click downloads, then click binaries, and finally select Windows.
2. There should be two downloads a smaller one and a larger one. The larger one approximately 70 MB is the one that contains the compiler! So if you don't already have a compiler download this package.
3. Install by just following the directions.
4. Then you are readdy to go!