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C All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies Paperback – Sep 3 2004
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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, heres 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, youll find that this book remains a handy reference long after youve 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.
Inside This Book(Learn More)
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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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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.
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!
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.
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