Sunday, July 13, 2008

Teach Yourself C in 21 Days

C programming
I don't mean to come off sounding condescending, but those that give this book a lower mark just because they can't compile the source must be complete and utter morons! Yeah, some of the examples I had problems getting to run, but the beauty of this is you're learning the language anyway so it gives you debugging experience. First rule of programming, if it doesn't work the first time, modify it until it does. I've applied the knowledge given in this book to several compilers including Borland C++ 3.1, DJGPP, the GNU Compiler that comes with Linux, and (with a little work) Misosys C on a TRS-80 (that's a '70s machine for all you lacking in your computer history)! Also, one of my friends had no major problems getting things to work with MS-Visual C++ version 6.

Another thing, it's helpful if you have a good head on your shoulders and can handle semi-technical writing. Basically if you are new to computers, have no clue what a command line is, can't operate DOS, or only know how to point and click your way around a computer, then get a Programming For Dummies book for you may become confused with this one.

All in all I found this book to be a fine introductory text and quite handy as a reference afterwards. I highly recommend this book to anyone serious about getting into computer programming.

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