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Dan Gookin
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Sept. 3 2004 For Dummies
  • Covers everything users need to get up to speed on C programming, including advanced topics to take their programming skill to the next level
  • Walks C programmers through the entire development cycle of a C program-designing and developing the program, writing source code, compiling the code, linking the code to create the executable programs, debugging, and deployment
  • Provides thorough coverage of keywords, program flow, conditional statements, constants and variables, numeric values, arrays, strings, functions, pointers, debugging, prototyping, and much more
  • Addresses some advanced programming topics such as graphics and game programming as well as Windows and Linux programming
  • Includes dozens of sample programs that readers can adapt and modify for their own uses
  • Written by the author of the first-ever For Dummies book-a man known for his ability to take complex material and present it in a way that makes it simple and fun

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Nov. 18 2008
By CK
Format:Paperback
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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By Tetchro
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent text! Oct. 24 2005
Format:Paperback
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
debugging.
An A+++ book. Others may be sceptical, but it is refreshing to
read a well-written programming book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book for learning C March 29 2005
By Ranjan Mitra - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you are thinking of learning C then this is the book.Go and buy it. There are a host of other books on C like the classic K&R, How to program in C [Deitel & Deitel], C for Turbo C++ [Robert Lafore], C Primer Plus [Steven Prata] etc., all these books have their own merits as well as draw backs but Dan Gookin's is the very best.Dan teaches C like no other.If pointers or linked lists scare you to death. Have a look in this book! You will see how simply it is explained an executed. Yes, if you want to learn C BUY THIS BOOK!! Thanks Dan.
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